US Fossil Fuel Companies Facing Legal Action for Misleading Disclosure of Climate Risks: Could it Happen in Australia?
A Foerster, Jacqueline Peel
Australian Environment Review | LexisNexis | Published : 2017
There have been a number of recent enforcement actions in the US alleging that major fossil fuel compa-nies, such as ExxonMobil Corp (Exxon) and Peabody Energy, have not adequately or appropriately disclosed the risks posed to their businesses by climate change, as required under US federal securities law. Australian company and securities law is broadly similar to that in the US. As conﬁrmed by a recent legal opinion issued by Sydney barristers Noel Hutley SC and Sebastian Hartford-Davis for the Centre for Policy Development and the Future Business Council1 (the Hutley SC opinion), Australian listed companies have obligations to disclose material business risks posed by climate change, with..View full abstract