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FDCC 2024 Winter Meeting Panel Discussion: “ESG Litigation Lands in America”

FDCC 2024 Winter Meeting Panel Discussion: “ESG Litigation Lands in America”

Presenter(s): John Peiserich, Esq.
The Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, Autograph Collection
501 5th Ave NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Event Dates:
March 25-29, 2024

Energy and Environmental Advisory expert, John Peiserich, Esq., will join a panel of experts at the FDCC 2024 Winter Meeting to discuss “ESG Litigation Lands in America.”

The panel will take a deep dive into a case study involving a federally regulated Canadian teachers' pension fund invested in an oil and gas company focused on acquiring, developing, and exploiting unconventional, onshore oil and natural gas reserves, which set off a sequence of events that may end in litigation.

Topics will include:

  • Impacts on traditional financing by a bank’s decarbonization of its lending portfolio
  • How pledging to be “net zero by 2050” was intended to increase access to financing
  • Allegations by an NGO that the plan to reach that target has no credibility
  • Implications for the Canadian pension fund's ESG metrics
  • Why the fund is threatening a greenwashing lawsuit against the Texas company
  • The role of ESG consultants and counsel in advising on potential litigation risk


  • Heather Sanderson, Sanderson Law


  • Vicki Smith, Partner, Chinn Smith Winters LLP
  • John Peiserich, J.S. Held
  • David Zuber, Zuber & Co. LLP

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