• Sep 17th 2007 at 8:14PM
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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.]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      yes, They always say fads start on the left coast and move east. Let's hope this fad catches on.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Regardless of what you think of the climate change issue, that lawsuit had "election year stunt" written all over it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Apparently common sense is not entirely dead in California.
      • 7 Years Ago
      You kinda just want to add an "Amen!" to the end of that post...as well as a well-deserved "Bill Lockyer is an ambitious, attention-craving idiot"
      • 7 Years Ago
      If California went back to the horse and buggy, They`d bitch about how much methane gas the animals produced.

      Thank God somebody has some common sense!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I once had a arguement with a left winger who insisted we'd be better off with horses.I guess He didn't take into consideration the amount of horse poop thayt would create in the streets.Suffice it to say he drove a powder blue Ford Tempo beater.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hear they are going after the sun next. Watch out sun! After all, it is the real cause.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Thank god this hippie bill was nipped at the bud. Good job!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hopefully airplanes are not the next in line :o
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would like to see the automakers sue this guy personally for libel/slander. Ruin the lowlife's career.

      At the minimum, he ought to be fired for wasting California taxpayers' money and the court's time on an absurd lawsuit that had no chance of succeeding (even in California). This is the Attorney General of the most populous state in the nation, for crying out loud. Can you imagine the outrage if Ashcroft or Gonzales had tried a stunt like this?
      • 7 Years Ago
      sanity stills exists in this world.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, you non-Californian's sure are hilarious.
        • 7 Years Ago
        we just wish you californians had a sense of humor ;)
      • 7 Years Ago
      There are provinces in Canada that are suing tobacco companies for the health problems caused by their product. The provinces can afford to do it from the revenue they make on tobacco tax's.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "There's a first for everything."

        They would have to ban it, to be first. Making money on tobacco is lucrative for all levels of government.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Putting tax money to work, evidently. There's a first for everything.
      • 7 Years Ago
      holly $^!%! There is one sane person living in CA! It's an act of God! Then again, the judge apparently never said that Global warming is itself BS. All he really said is that it would be too much work to figure out just how much damage was done.

      What is odd is that not ALL car makers are at fault but Just GM, Ford, Toyota, DaimlerChrysler, Honda and Nissan. Why not BMW and VW? Their cars are driving around CA and they produce just as much exhaust as the rest.
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