USA: Court rules Attorney General can request records to investigate whether Exxon concealed its knowledge of climate change

Author: Nate Raymond, Reuters, Published on: 16 April 2018

"Massachusetts top court rules against Exxon in climate change probe", 13 Apr 2018

Massachusetts’ top court...rejected Exxon Mobil Corp’s bid to block the state’s attorney general from obtaining records to investigate whether the company for decades concealed its knowledge of the role fossil fuels play in climate change.  The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled Attorney General Maura Healey had jurisdiction to seek records to probe whether the oil company’s marketing or sale of fossil fuel products violated the state’s consumer protection law.  The ruling marked another setback for Exxon after a federal judge...dismissed a related lawsuit it filed seeking to block investigations by Healey and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman...Healey said she hoped Exxon would now turn over documents it has fought hard against disclosing, showing what it knew about climate change and when it knew it...Healey and Schneiderman launched their investigations following news reports in 2015 saying Exxon’s own scientists determined that fossil fuel combustion must be reduced to mitigate the impact of climate change...Exxon contended that the documents were not inconsistent with its public positions...

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