Kids’ Climate Case Plaintiffs Aim to Recast Lawsuit After Defeat

March 9, 2021, 7:33 PM

Plaintiffs in the closely watched “kids climate case” are attempting to revive a narrower version of their ambitious lawsuit against the federal government after a series of legal setbacks.

The 21 children and young adults in Juliana v. United States on Tuesday filed an unexpected request to file an amended complaint that would give the plaintiffs a fresh chance to argue that the government’s support of fossil fuel development is unconstitutional.

The amended complaint, if approved for filing, would effectively narrow the case by focusing on declaratory relief: a court order that says young people have a constitutional right to ...

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