Environment & Energy Report

Exxon Pushes Minnesota Climate Case from State to Federal Court

July 27, 2020, 7:50 PM

Exxon Mobil Corp. on Monday moved a high-stakes Minnesota climate lawsuit to federal court, accusing the state’s attorney general of attempting to use state law “to force a political and regulatory agenda” of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Attorney General Keith Ellison (D) launched the litigation in state court last month, accusing Exxon, Koch Industries Inc., and others of violating the state Consumer Fraud Act by issuing misleading statements about climate change and the role of fossil fuels in global temperature rise.

Exxon transferred the case to the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, arguing that it’s not really...

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