You might recall about this time last year, California State Attorney General Bill Lockyer filed a lawsuit in Northern California's U.S. District Court asserting that automakers selling vehicles in the Golden State were liable for the hundreds of millions of dollars of damages its products cause. That lawsuit, which named GM, Ford, Toyota, DaimlerChrysler, Honda and Nissan as the defendants, was thrown out today by a federal judge.
Martin Jenkins, the U.S. District Judge presiding on the case, said that it was impossible to assess how much responsibility automakers had in contributing to the damage caused by global warming in California. Furthermore, he went on to say that lawmakers – not judges – should be the ones responsible for determining if automakers should be held accountable.
[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]