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Uncommon Law: Ruminations on Public Nuisance
Missouri Environmental Law and Policy Review (2011)
  • Richard O. Faulk
The ancient common tort of public nuisance is one of the most highly visible issues in modern tort jurisprudence. Its growth is particularly notable in climate change and environmental litigation, where it seems to be the “tort of choice” for plaintiffs seeking breathtakingly broad relief from global warming and trans-border pollution. Traditionally limited to local concerns, the tort now aspires to global dimensions, and its expanding scope has attracted review by the United States Supreme Court. If its advocates succeed, the “monster that will devour in one gulp the entire law of torts” may be afforded a prime seat at the banquet.
  • public nuisance,
  • climate change,
  • global warming,
  • american electric power,
  • Connecticut
Publication Date
Winter January, 2011
Citation Information
Richard O. Faulk. "Uncommon Law: Ruminations on Public Nuisance" Missouri Environmental Law and Policy Review Vol. 18 (2011)
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