Republican Leaders Probe Financing of Sher Edling’s Climate Nuisance Lawsuits

Two high-ranking lawmakers have announced a probe into plaintiffs’ law firm Sher Edling regarding who funds and supports the firm’s “barrage of lawsuits aimed at bankrupting oil and gas companies.” A letter from Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Ted Cruz (R-TX) and House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY) to the San-Francisco based firm reads:

“Over the past five years, your law firm, Sher Edling LLP has launched a barrage of lawsuits aimed at bankrupting oil and gas companies. While people may use their resources to bring whatever cases they want — even those that may be so frivolous as to be sanctionable — it appears that left-wing funds are footing the bill for Sher Edling’s climate crusade.”

Scrutiny around how climate lawsuits get off the ground has been a growing trend in Congress. Sen. Cruz and Rep. Comer’s probe is the latest in a back and forth between congressional staff and Sher Edling that began with Carlson’s nomination and which, until this week, was kept behind closed doors.

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