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AEP v. Connecticut: Today’s U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

VT Law School Experts Available to Comment On Today’s U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

June 20, 2011

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT –– Vermont Law School has faculty experts available to comment on the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling this morning in the global warming case American Electric Power v. Connecticut.

The Court overturned a 2009 federal appeal court decision that allowed several states and environmental groups to sue coal-fired electric utilities on the grounds that their emissions create a public nuisance by contributing to global warming.

The case tried to use common law to force industries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but the Court ruled that the Clean Air Act and the EPA’s actions under the Act displace the claims that are made under public nuisance laws.
VLS climate change experts include:

·        Professor Patrick Parenteau: 802-831-1305,

·        Professor John Echeverria: 802-831-1386,

·        Associate Professor Martha Judy: 802-831-1345,

Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, has the top-ranked environmental law program and one of the top-ranked clinical training programs in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor curriculum that emphasizes public service, a Master of Environmental Law and Policy degree and two post-JD degrees, the Master of Laws in Environmental Law and the LLM in American Legal Studies (for international students). The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center and the South Royalton Legal Clinic. For more information, visit
CONTACT:   John Cramer, Associate Director of Media Relations
Office: 802.831.1106, cell: 540.798.7099,

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