“The First Amendment does not protect false and misleading statements in the marketplace,” the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (pictured here) said in response to Exxon’s June 15 lawsuit. Credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
David Hasemyer.–“ExxonMobil has sued to derail a second attorney general’s investigation of the oil giant’s climate record.
“The company filed a complaint in federal district court in Fort Worth on Wednesday against Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Her office subpoenaed Exxon records going back 40 years in an investigation of whether the company committed consumer or securities fraud by misrepresenting its knowledge of climate change.
“In the same court, Exxon has a similar suit pending against Claude Walker, the attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands, who has launched a similar probe. Healey and Walker are part of a coalition of Democratic attorneys general trying to hold fossil fuel companies legally accountable for their conduct on climate change. The group was organized by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, whose office initiated an Exxon inquiry last year.” Continue reading: Exxon Sues a Second Attorney General To Fight Off Climate Fraud Probe | InsideClimate News