RIKKI HELD, et al. v. STATE OF MONTANA, et al.
Montana District Court Judge Kathy Seely entered a 103-page order finding that a group of sixteen young people in the state have a “fundamental constitutional right to a clean and healthful environment, which includes climate as part of the environmental life-support system” and that laws barring the consideration of greenhouse gas emissions in the state’s permitting processes are unconstitutional. The ruling marks the conclusion of the first bench trial in a youth-led climate change lawsuit in the United States.
[To accompany Case Law Update "Montana Judge Rules in Favor of Plaintiffs in Nation’s First Youth-Led Climate Change Trial " from Brooks Animal Law Digest Issue No. 203]