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Exxon Mobil Must Face Deceptive Marketing Claims in D.C. Court

March 23, 2021, 2:27 PM

Exxon Mobil Corp. must defend against consumer fraud claims in local court in Washington, D.C., after a federal judge rejected the oil giant’s claims for federal jurisdiction.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday remanded to D.C. Superior Court a challenge from the advocacy group Beyond Pesticides, which accuses Exxon of overstating its investments in clean energy. The case is part of a larger movement of climate litigation nationwide.

Judge Timothy J. Kelly rejected the company’s arguments for moving the case to federal court under diversity jurisdiction or the Class Action Fairness Act. Exxon has already ...