Summarised by Centrist
Stuff is reporting on a Supreme Court decision, unanimously backing climate and Māori rights activist Mike Smith’s claim against seven major polluters, could have major implications for New Zealand’s corporate giants. The companies, including Fonterra, Genesis, and Z Energy, face the prospect of defending their fossil fuel and methane-emitting practices in court. While the legal battle may span years, the outcome could compel these companies to accelerate their transition to sustainable practices.
Stuff reports that the case isn’t guaranteed to succeed at trial, but the court wasn’t convinced it was destined to fail.
Smith’s lawyers will be able to request access to a range of internal company documentation and cross examine any company executives, according to the report.
But documents examined will not be available to the media or the public. Smith is now seeking a court order or an injunction against the seven companies.