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Exxon Widens Its Fight Against Climate-Change Disclosures

David Hasemyer for InsideClimate News:

Attorneys for ExxonMobil have revealed a plan to ratchet up pressure on state attorneys general who have vowed to hold Exxon and fossil fuel companies accountable for their conduct on climate change.

Exxon attorney Theodore Wells told a New York judge that the company is working on deposing at least 17 attorneys general and their staffs who earlier this year joined with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman under the banner of AGs United for Clean Power.  

By pulling those attorneys general into the fight, Exxon could trigger years of legal wrangling over disclosure of its understanding of climate risks.

That plan came to light during a hearing in Exxon’s battle with Schneiderman over his office’s investigation into whether the company violated consumer fraud laws in connection with climate change-related disclosures.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who is locked in a court battle with Exxon in Texas over her investigation of the company, said Exxon’s legal strategy is “calculated to initiate no-holds-barred discovery” against the attorneys general, according to a motion her office filed in the Texas case.

Full article: Exxon Widens Climate Battle, May Depose 17 State AGs Over Investigations

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