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Exxon must face lawsuit alleging climate change deceit


(Reuters) — A Massachusetts state judge has rejected Exxon Mobil Corp's bid to dismiss a lawsuit by state Attorney General Maura Healey accusing the oil company of misleading consumers and investors about its role in climate change.

In a decision released Wednesday, Superior Court Justice Karen Green in Boston said Exxon failed to show that the October 2019 lawsuit was meant to silence its views on climate change, including those Ms. Healey and her constituents might dispute.

“Climate change indisputably is a topic that has attracted government attention,” Justice Green wrote. “It is apparent from the context in which they were made that many Exxon statements referenced in the complaint are not protected.”

Exxon said it was considering its next legal steps. “This case lacks merit, and we look forward to defending the company,” a company spokesperson said in an email.

The decision came one month after Engine No. 1, an activist hedge fund focused on climate change, won three seats on Exxon's 12-member board, an unexpected blow to an energy industry facing growing investor complaints about global warming.


Ms. Healey had accused Irving, Texas-based Exxon of downplaying the impact its fossil fuel products had on climate change and the risks climate change posed to its business, in an effort to boost profit and its stock price.

The lawsuit seeks civil penalties and other relief.

Exxon claimed it wanted to inform the public about the environmental benefits of its products and about its climate policies.

It had sought a dismissal under Massachusetts’ law against strategic lawsuits against public participation, or anti-SLAPP law. Such lawsuits can intimidate speakers into silence.

“Today's rulings represent a significant step forward for my office's work to hold Exxon accountable,” Ms. Healey, a Democrat, said in a statement.

In December 2019, a New York state judge dismissed a lawsuit by that state's Attorney General, Letitia James, accusing Exxon of defrauding investors by hiding the true cost of climate change regulation.



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