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Educator Turned Potential Profiteer in Climate Litigation Law Firm

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Michael Burger – the Executive Director of Columbia University Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and a vocal advocate for public nuisance climate lawsuits against energy producers – has officially joined the crew of lawyers pursuing these frivolous cases in court. In February, Burger joined the law firm Sher Edling (which is representing the plaintiffs in several of the ongoing climate nuisance cases) as “Of Counsel,” all while retaining his position as the head of the Sabin Center. This move not only exemplifies the sophisticated coordination between the climate litigation campaign’s most fervent activists, but also potentially calls into question the ongoing objectivity and independence of Burger’s academic institution.



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