Reminder: Massachusetts Case Likely Faces Same Fate as New York

U.S. District Judge William Young issued an opinion today on his March decision to remand Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s lawsuit against ExxonMobil to state court. While some environmental activists touted today’s issuance of Young’s opinion as “another loss in court for Big Oil” (despite the ruling actually taking place several months ago), this narrow jurisdictional decision has no bearing on the merits of the case.

In fact, judging by how the last state court case against the company went – the New York attorney general’s embarrassing defeat last fall – activists and the Massachusetts attorney general’s office shouldn’t get too excited. In that case, New York State Supreme Court Justice Barry Ostrager ruled that ExxonMobil did not mislead investors over climate change impacts.

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