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Texas Court Criticizes Climate “Lawfare” Against Energy Producers

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On Thursday, an intermediate appellate court in Texas reluctantly denied a petition filed by ExxonMobil that sought pre-suit discovery of attorney Matt Pawa and the California municipalities bringing public nuisance lawsuits against the company for the alleged damages caused by climate change.

Although the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth ultimately dismissed the petition, the three-justice panel expressed reluctance in its opinion, acknowledging the merits of ExxonMobil’s claims and criticizing the municipalities for engaging in “lawfare” to pursue “environmental policy changes”.

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