Climate change litigation
Storm clouds gather over Shell's Pulau Bukom oil refinery in Singapore January 30, 2016. (REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo/File Photo)

American attorney Jeffrey B. Simon helped families affected by the opioid crisis obtain settlements worth more than $2.7 billion against leading pharmaceutical companies.

Now, he's part of a legal team taking on Big Oil over the 2021 Pacific Northwest Heat Dome disaster — and says the era of fossil fuel companies evading responsibility for their role in the climate crisis is ending.

"We contend that they put out an enormous amount of disinformation so that their business activities and their wealth creation would not be interrupted," the Texan told AFP in an interview, after filing a $52 billion case on behalf of Oregon's Multnomah County.

"The defendants' old saw — that this science is uncertain and unproven — will fail," added the trial lawyer at Simon Greenstone Panatier PC.

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