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Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Schneiderman

ELR Citation: 48 ELR 20059
Nos. 17-CV-2301, (S.D.N.Y., 12/29/2017) (Caproni, J.)

A district court dismissed an oil company's lawsuit seeking to stop the New York and Massachusetts Attorneys General (AGs) from investigating whether the company misled investors and the public about its knowledge of climate change and the potential effects that climate change may have on its business. The company argued the investigations are being conducted to retaliate against it for its views on climate change, and thus violate the company's constitutional rights. But the company's factual allegations against the AGs "boil down to statements made at a single press conference and a collection of meetings with climate-change activists." Given the "extremely thin allegations" and "speculative inferences," the court dismissed the lawsuit for failure to state a claim.