The state of Massachusetts has sued the oil giant Exxon Mobil, accusing the company of “deception” regarding the role that fossil fuels such as oil allegedly play in so-called “global warming,” Reuters reports.
The lawsuit was filed in the Suffolk County Superior Court by Attorney General Maura Healey (D-Mass.), claiming that Exxon “systematically misled investors about climate-driven risks” caused by the company. When announcing the lawsuit, Healey said that her goal was “to stop Exxon from engaging in this deception and penalize it for this conduct.”
A similar effort is being undertaken against Exxon by New York Attorney General Letitia James (D-N.Y.). These investigations are apparently based on documents from the 1970s and 1980s, according to InsideClimate News and the Los Angeles Times.
In response to the announcement, Exxon said in a statement that the lawsuit was “gamesmanship” on Healey’s part and constituted a “partisan” attack on the company. Addressing Healey’s lack of evidence for her allegations, the company further stated that they “look forward to refuting the meritless allegations in court.”