• January 26, 2018
ExxonMobil this week asked a Texas district court for authority to depose and obtain documents from “ExxonKnew” campaign legal strategist Matt Pawa and 15 officials or attorneys representing San Mateo County, Imperial Beach, Marin County, Oakland, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz.
Coached by Pawa, the aforementioned cities and counties recently filed civil tort claims in California against ExxonMobil and numerous other energy companies, including 17 headquartered in Texas. The lawsuits claim the cities and counties face imminent multi-million dollars loses from rising sea levels, and allege that the companies, “through their extraction, promotion, marketing, and sale of their fossil fuel products, caused” a substantial portion of global sea level rise.
ExxonMobil is asking the Texas court for permission to “investigate potential claims of abuse of process, civil conspiracy, and constitutional violations” that the company intends to file against its accusers in a lawsuit in Texas. ExxonMobil’s petition contends that the California cities and counties are “abusing law enforcement authority and legal process to impose their viewpoint on climate change.” The brief explains:
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