Judge in Exxon Case to NY AG: Stop Stalling

New York Attorney General Letitia “Tish” James’s case Martin Act case against ExxonMobil is still in pre-trial hearings, but Justice Barry Ostrager is already losing patience. On Monday, at an initial hearing to discuss dismissing five of ExxonMobil’s defenses and other pre-trial motions, Justice Ostrager pushed the AG’s office to whittle down its lengthy witness list to a manageable number and to give ExxonMobil attorneys access to this information.

Criticizing the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for failing to provide ExxonMobil attorneys with a “good faith” witness list for a case he described as “among the most actively litigated cases in this courthouse,” Ostrager expressed frustration that James’s office was unable to whittle down a lengthy witness list with the trial only months away. “I’m having a hard time understanding why the Office of the Attorney General can’t identify witnesses who they believe may testify four months from now.”

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