Overlooking Evidence of Green Collusion, Federal Judge Sides with Climate AGs in Exxon Case

In a long-expected move, U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Caproni dismissed ExxonMobil’s lawsuit against two state attorneys general yesterday. ExxonMobil had sued the officials for initiating “bad faith” investigations of the company’s climate research and related disclosures, alleging that the investigations were part of a larger political campaign against the company.

Those following the case have known for months that Judge Caproni was unlikely to side with ExxonMobil. But a careful reading of Judge Caproni’s decision reveals that she curiously downplayed the role of anti-fossil fuel activists in initiating and supporting the AGs’ investigations, while also ignoring relevant questions raised by the federal judge who previously presided over the case.

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