Experts: Legal noise around SEC climate disclosure rule no excuse for standing still


Legal experts are advising their public company clients to move forward with plans to comply with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) climate-related disclosure rule, despite lawsuits and other challenges being brought against the controversial policy in the aftermath of its approval.

“We think it’s a better approach to prepare for the rule to take effect,” said Megan Gates, partner at law firm Covington. “It’s not a great approach to wait and see, if that means not doing anything.”

Almost immediately after the SEC passed the rule by a 3-2 vote on March 6, the blowback began. A total of 22 state attorneys general filed lawsuits in three federal courts, according to a report from Bloomberg Law, while business interest groups led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce also filed a lawsuit.

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