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U.S. Hearing Date Set in Marshall Islands’ Nuclear Lawsuit!

First, we want to extend our congratulations to the government of the Marshall Islands and its former Foreign Minister Tony de Brum on winning “Arms Control Person(s) of the Year.” This annual award, announced yesterday by the Arms Control Association, reflects the courageous litigation brought by de Brum and the Marshall Islands against the nuclear-armed nations for their failure to disarm as required by the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and customary international law.

The Marshall Islands' litigation in the International Court of Justice was stymied on procedural grounds and will not move forward. However, the case against the U.S. will be heard on March 15, 2017 in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Tri-Valley CAREs’ staff attorney, Scott Yundt, has submitted Amicus Curiae briefs in the case to both the Northern District and Ninth Circuit Courts. Scott and I and a contingent from Tri-Valley CAREs will be at the courthouse to support the Marshall Islands’ stellar legal team. If you are in the Bay Area and want to attend the hearing with us, contact or to coordinate logistics. Additionally, the oral arguments are expected to be live-streamed, and the NGOs supporting the case, including us, will organize a report to the grassroots immediately afterward. Stay tuned!