Lawsuits

Democracy on Trial 

Big Oil spent $5.6 million to oppose Measure Z. But our grassroots campaign prevailed despite being outspent 18 to 1. Measure Z won with 56% of the votes. Unfortunately, Big Oil does not respect democracy. After the election, Chevron, Aera Energy (owned by ExxonMobil and Shell) and other oil interests filed 6 lawsuits challenging Measure Z.

Protect Monterey County assembled a powerful legal team to intervene and help Monterey County defend Measure Z. (Our attorneys are from Robins Kaplan, Stanford Environmental Law Clinic and Center for Biological Diversity.) We’re confident that Measure Z will prevail because our initiative is based on well-established legal precedent, and we have a talented “Legal Avengers” team to defend the will of the people. (Click here to donate to the Measure Z legal defense fund.)

Monterey County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wills has consolidated the 6 lawsuits for Phase 1 of the Measure Z trial which begins on November 13, 2017. Legal documents for the trial are below.

 

Measure Z Lawsuits 

Below are the complaints filed by plaintiffs (click on item to view file):

 

Legal Briefs 

Below are the arguments submitted by plaintiffs in Phase 1 of the Measure Z trial (click on item to view file):

 

 

Opposing Briefs 

Below are the opposing arguments submitted by Monterey County and Protect Monterey County in Phase 1 of the Measure Z trial (click on item to view file):

 

 

Replies to Opposing Briefs 

Below are the replies submitted by plaintiffs in Phase 1 of the Measure Z trial (click on item to view file):