CLIMATE LIABILITY NEWS: Exxon Accused of Pressuring Witnesses in New York Climate Fraud Case

By Karen Savage, August 6, 2019

ExxonMobil is attempting to discourage witnesses from testifying against it in New York’s climate fraud suit, according to documents filed last week in New York Supreme Court.

The oil giant has demanded third-party witnesses provide documents along with depositions in the case, which the New York attorney general’s office says is imposing “disproportionate burdens” on those witnesses. Kevin Wallace, an attorney representing New York Attorney General Letitia James, submitted a letter to the court objecting to the document demands last week.

The New York attorney general’s office filed a lawsuit against Exxon last year for allegedly defrauding investors for years by deliberately downplaying the climate risks to its business and long-term financial health. The case is scheduled for trial on October 23.

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