Press Release

Media Advisory: New Project Tracking Plastics Litigation

Check out the Plastics Litigation Tracker from the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center and the Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy, & Land Use Law.

New York, NY — Announc­ing the Plas­tics Lit­i­ga­tion Track­er, a new resource from the State Ener­gy & Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Cen­ter and the Guar­i­ni Cen­ter on Envi­ron­men­tal, Ener­gy, & Land Use Law. The project tracks cas­es address­ing plas­tics across fed­er­al and state courts, tag­ging each case by cat­e­gories such as false adver­tis­ing, envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, and secu­ri­ties. The track­er includes resolved and pend­ing cas­es, and will be kept up to date to reflect new developments.

What: The Plas­tics Lit­i­ga­tion Track­er, a new resource that tracks cas­es address­ing plas­tics across fed­er­al and state courts. It includes resolved cas­es and cas­es that are still pend­ing, and pro­vides a sum­ma­ry and sta­tus update for each case. The cas­es can be fil­tered by cat­e­go­ry, plain­tiff, defen­dant, and juris­dic­tion, or searched for by keyword.

Where: plasticslitigationtracker.or

Why: Over the last ten years, as pro­duc­tion of plas­tic prod­ucts has grown, so has lit­i­ga­tion around plas­tics and plas­tic pol­lu­tion. This track­er allows users to stay up to date on these cas­es and fol­low trends in plas­tics lit­i­ga­tion. The track­er cur­rent­ly has 44 cas­es, reveal­ing four major trends so far, as explained in this blog post.

As the plas­tics and petro­chem­i­cal indus­try con­tin­ues to grow, lit­i­ga­tion sur­round­ing it will too. Advo­cates can use this track­er to under­stand the fate of dif­fer­ent lit­i­ga­tion strate­gies and approach­es in the courts. Schol­ars can use it to ana­lyze lit­i­ga­tion trends on this issue at both the fed­er­al and state lev­el going back for decades,” said Bethany Davis Noll, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the State Ener­gy & Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Cen­ter at NYU School of Law. The plas­tics lit­i­ga­tion track­er will be an essen­tial tool for any­one inter­est­ed in the role lit­i­ga­tion has played in the plas­tics and petro­chem­i­cal landscape.

With the stark and grow­ing impact of plas­tic on oceans, the air, and human health, advo­cates have been work­ing to hold account­able the cor­po­ra­tions that are respon­si­ble. Indus­try has also filed cas­es against plas­tics reg­u­la­tion. Our new track­er is intend­ed to doc­u­ment these trends and pro­vide a source of analy­sis for gov­ern­ment, busi­ness, law, and the NGO com­mu­ni­ty,” said Danielle Spiegel-Feld, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Guar­i­ni Cen­ter for Envi­ron­men­tal, Ener­gy, & Land Use Law at NYU School of Law.

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About the State Ener­gy & Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Cen­ter:
The State Ener­gy & Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Cen­ter at NYU School of Law is ded­i­cat­ed to work­ing towards a healthy and safe envi­ron­ment, guid­ed by inclu­sive and equi­table prin­ci­ples. The Cen­ter stud­ies and sup­ports the work of state attor­neys gen­er­al in defend­ing, enforc­ing, and pro­mot­ing strong laws and poli­cies in the areas of cli­mate, envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice, envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, and clean energy.

About The Guar­i­ni Cen­ter on Ener­gy, Envi­ron­ment, and Land Use Law:
The Guar­i­ni Cen­ter on Ener­gy, Envi­ron­ment, and Land Use Law at NYU School of Law focus­es on envi­ron­men­tal and ener­gy chal­lenges at the local, region­al, and inter­na­tion­al lev­els. Our work is root­ed in a belief that with appro­pri­ate strate­gies, reg­u­la­to­ry poli­cies can simul­ta­ne­ous­ly achieve envi­ron­men­tal and eco­nom­ic objec­tives. The Guar­i­ni Cen­ter endeav­ors to advance such strate­gies through pol­i­cy-rel­e­vant research and mul­ti-stake­hold­er dia­logues with pro­fes­sion­als in gov­ern­ment, busi­ness, law, and the NGO com­mu­ni­ty