Description: Lawsuit seeking damages and other relief from fossil fuel companies for alleged conduct that the City and County of Honolulu contends actually and proximately caused climate change impacts.
City & County of Honolulu v. Sunoco LP
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 03/09/2020 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Honolulu Sued Fossil Fuel Companies in State Court. The City and County of Honolulu filed a lawsuit in Hawai’i state court alleging that the actions of fossil fuel company defendants directly and proximately caused “a substantial portion of the climate crisis-related impacts in the City,” including sea level rise, extreme weather, ocean warming and acidification, impacts on freshwater supplies, loss of habitat for endemic species, and “the cascading social, economic, and other consequences of those environmental changes.” The City alleged that these consequences would include injury to and destruction of critical City-owned or -operated facilities and would require the City to incur costs for adaptation and resiliency, while also reducing tax revenue due to impacts on the tourism- and ocean-based economy. The alleged wrongful conduct by the defendants included “concealing the dangers of, promoting false and misleading information about, and engaging in massive campaigns to promote increasing use of their fossil fuel products,” which the complaint alleged had “contributed substantially to the buildup of CO2 in the atmosphere that drives global warming.” Honolulu asserted claims of public nuisance, private nuisance, strict liability for failure to warn, negligent failure to warn, and trespass. The City seeks compensatory damages; equitable relief, including abatement of the nuisance; punitive damages; disgorgement of profits; attorneys’ fees; and costs of suit.