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Jenner & Block’s Climate Change and Clean Technology Law Practice hosted a webinar titled “Are Climate Change Tort Actions Dead? What’s Next After Supreme Court Decision in AEP v. Connecticut?” on August 9, 2011. Partners Gabrielle Sigel and Steven M. Siros explored the legal and practical ramifications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 20, 2011 decision in American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut. The Court’s decision resulted in the dismissal of the toxic tort lawsuit brought by several Northeastern states, seeking to recover damages resulting from alleged climate change impacts from power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions. The webinar also discussed the viability of state common law nuisance actions in the wake of the AEP decision.
Gabrielle Sigel is a founding Partner of the Firm’s Environmental Law Practice, Co-Chair of Jenner & Block’s Climate and Clean Technology Law Practice, and a member of the Environmental Litigation Practice. Ms. Sigel regularly represents clients in workplace safety and health enforcement and compliance matters and in complex environmental statutory, common law, Superfund enforcement, toxic tort, and cost recovery actions.
Mr. Siros is a member of the Firm’s Climate and Clean Technology Law, Defense & Aerospace, Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Law, Insurance Litigation and Counseling, Products Liability and Mass Tort Defense, and Environmental Litigation Practices, focusing his practice on both litigation and regulatory matters. He represents parties in complex CERCLA and RCRA matters, and regularly defends clients in toxic tort and natural resource damage matters throughout the country, including significant cases in California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, New York and Wisconsin. Mr. Siros also has an extensive experience counseling policyholders in insurance coverage disputes relating to environmental issues.