UPDATE: On October 15, 2009, U.S. District Court Judge Saundra B. Armstrong dismissed the lawsuit. On November 5, 2009, the City of Kivalina appealed Judge Armstrong's decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. On March 11, 2010, Kivalina's team of lawyers filed the community's opening brief. On September 15, 2010, we filed our response to the arguments of the oil, energy, and coal company defendants' arguments. We expect oral argument in the summer of 2011. from:http://www.crpe-ej.org/crpe/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=103&Itemid=101
A Federal Jury will decide. The small Native Village of Kivalina, damaged by rising waters storm surges - file suit against the fossil fuel companies. The suit Kivalina v. ExxonMobil is getting plenty of attention in both industry and law circles.