UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SUED OVER STONEWALLING OF ‘CLIMATE LITIGATION’ DOCUMENTS

The Daily Caller | 4/18/2018 | Staff
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The University of California Board of Regents was sued to compel the release of “climate litigation” documents.

The suit was filed by D.C.-based think tank, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI).

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CEI filed two records requests with UC Los Angeles, which it says the school has delayed fulfilling for months.

A free market think tank filed suit Thursday against the University of California’s Board of Regents to compel the release of documents linking law school professors to the “climate litigation industry.”

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Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) senior fellow Chris Horner, the man behind the lawsuit, said University of California-Los Angeles’s (UCLA) law school is just one of a growing number of law schools being used to aid global warming litigators.

“That one of them is a public university means the public has a right to learn much more about how it’s resources and institutions are being used in this industry,” Horner told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

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“UCLA’s response, however, shows a commitment to delaying or even denying the public right to obtain such knowledge,” Horner said.

UCLA’s role in climate litigation “has included participating in ‘secret’ briefings by this campaign for ‘prospective funders’ in pursuit of ‘potential state causes of action against major carbon producers,’ which is the subject of great media and public interest,” reads the complaint.

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CEI filed records requests under the California Public Records Act (CPRA) in February and May. UCLA for months delayed responding to CEI’s records requests, according to the complaint.

“The placement of privately employed ‘special prosecutors for climate’ in state AG offices added an astounding twist to the unfolding story of the climate litigation industry,” Horner told TheDCNF. “UCLA’s involvement offers yet another.”

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“Both involve donor-funded use of public institutions to pursue opponents of a political agenda, and to impose that agenda that has failed through the proper democratic process,” Horner said.

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