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Big Oil Lied.
People Died.

On June 22, Multomah County, Oregon filed a lawsuit seeking billions in damages from 17 of the largest fossil fuel companies over the 2021 heat dome. The county retained our office along with the law firm Simon, Greenstone, Panatier and Thomas, Coon, Newton & Frost to hold these fossil fuel companies accountable for the damages inflicted from one of the most deadly and destructive human-made weather disasters.

L to R. Shree Patel, James Coon, John Caron, Roger Worthington, Ray Thomas and Chris Thomas

Press Release - June 23, 2023
According to the county Press Release “The heat dome was a direct and foreseeable consequence of the Defendants’ decision to sell as many fossil fuel products over the last six decades as they could and to lie to the County, the public, and the scientific community about the catastrophic harm.”

Public Nuisance - June, 2023
Resolution declaring climate change a Public Nuisance and authorizing The Office Of County Attorney to pursue legal remedies for damages caused by Climate Change. Thursday, June 22, 2023. See the resolution: MC Resolution

First Amended Complaint - August 8, 2023
Rather than allowing the County’s case to proceed on the merits in Oregon state court, Big Oil responded to the County’s complaint by removing the case to federal court.

Plaintiff's Motions to Remand, Expedited Hearing Requested- October 2, 2023
On October 2nd, 2023 the County countered by filing a motion to remand the case back to Oregon state court.

Plaintiff's Reply to Defendant Response in Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion to Remand - December 12, 2023
In Reply to Defendant Space Age Fuel, Inc's Response in Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion to Remand


Roger W. “Yes, the scientists tell us we are at or near the Tipping Point. To prepare for, and mitigate, and acclimate to a hotter world, with more frequent and intense Heat Domes, wildfires and droughts. We are going to need to weatherize, weatherproof, install Air Conditioners, and air filters, and retrofit the way we live, work and play to survive a hotter climate.”

"We are confident that once we show what the fossil fuel companies knew about global warming and when and what they did to deny, delay and deceive the public, the jury will not let the fossil fuel companies get away with their reckless misconduct."

"The heat dome that cost so much life and loss was not a natural weather event. It did not just happen because life can be cruel, nor can it be rationalized as simply a mystery of God's will." J. Simon

Multnomah County sues oil companies over 2021 Heat Dome disaster press conference

"This lawsuit is about accountability and fairness, and I believe the people of Multnomah County deserve both. These businesses knew their products were unsafe and harmful, and they lied about it,"
V. Pederson

Chair of the Board of Commissioners Jessica Vega Pederson leads the bridge walk.

"We will show that fossil fuel-induced global warming is already costing Oregonians lives and treasure. We will show that the normal use of fossil fuel products over time has imposed massive external, unpriced and untraded social, economic and environmental costs on the County."
R. Worthington

Vega Pederson and Roger Worthington
We don't want a payoff. We want to get paid back.

Big Oil Lied.

People Died.

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One of the biggest climate suits in history is taking place in the US, where Oregon's Multnomah County is making a $52bn damages claim against a range of oil and gas producers for causing a massive heatwave back in 2021.

If they win this case, it will have huge legal and financial implications, potentially leading to dozens more lawsuits against fossil fuel producers, similar to the court struggles that big tobacco endured in the past.

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