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ICLG Chapter: Greenwashing: the Potential for Class and Group Actions

ICLG Chapter: Greenwashing: the Potential for Class and Group Actions

    The prospect of disputes relating to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and sustainability issues has generated much attention in recent years. These disputes range from climate change litigation in its various forms, to allegations of human rights abuses, and securities and consumer litigation arising from allegations that companies have misrepresented the sustainability of their products or services. 

    The Ashurst Dispute Resolution team has written this ICLG Chapter, which focuses on the latter category of disputes, sometimes referred to as “greenwashing” litigation.

    In particular, it covers:

    • Greenwashing within the broader context of ESG disputes
    • What is greenwashing litigation?
    • Why are greenwashing disputes likely to attract class and group actions?
    • Greenwashing and loss
    • Consumer claims
    • Securities class actions
    • Beyond climate: claims arising from biodiversity and nature greenwashing issues

    Authors: Martin Eimer, Tim West, Tom Cummins, James Clarke and Jonas Weissenmayer 

    This article was first published in ICLG - Class and Group Actions.

    The information provided is not intended to be a comprehensive review of all developments in the law and practice, or to cover all aspects of those referred to.
    Readers should take legal advice before applying it to specific issues or transactions.


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