On this week’s episode of Lever Time Premium, exclusively for The Lever’s supporting subscribers, Frank Cappello speaks with lawyer Jeffrey B. Simon, who is suing 17 fossil fuel companies for their contribution to a 2021 heatwave that killed 69 people in Oregon’s Multnomah County. 

Simon has spent a large portion of his career specializing in mass tort litigation, a field of law which allows claimants to seek relief from the wrongful acts of others. He was part of the legal team that won a historic $2 billion settlement from pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson over its role in the opioid epidemic.

Frank speaks with Simon about his career as a tort litigator, how this new Oregon lawsuit varies from other state-based climate lawsuits, and what a victory in this case might mean in the fight to hold oil and gas companies accountable. 

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