Texas Governor: Climate Litigation Is An “Abusive” Use of the Law

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has urged his state’s Supreme Court to accept a case that seeks to look into constitutional violations and conspiracy potentially committed by environmental plaintiffs’ attorney Matt Pawa and several California municipal officials suing energy companies for their alleged responsibility for climate change impacts.

On Thursday, Governor Abbott filed an amicus brief supporting ExxonMobil’s effort to overturn a Texas appellate court decision that dismissed the company’s petition to conduct pre-suit discovery and depositions against Pawa and the California officials:

“When out-of-state officials try to project their power across our border, as respondents have done by broadly targeting the speech of an industry crucial to Texas, they cannot use personal jurisdiction to scamper out of our courts and retreat across state lines.”

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