California Municipalities’ Climate-Change Litigation Against Energy Companies Takes a Surprising New Turn

Andrew-Varcoe-vert-1Guest Commentary

By Andrew R. Varcoe, Boyden Gray & Associates, PLLC*

In recent years, some environmentalists and their political allies have pursued aggressive lawsuits and investigations as part of an effort to change public policy on climate change. These activities include civil lawsuits that some California municipalities brought last year, seeking compensation from energy companies for the costs of responding to climate change.

Earlier this month, one of the private defendants in the California lawsuits fired back in a surprising way. On January 8, 2018, the Exxon Mobil Corporation (“Exxon”) filed a petition in a Texas state court to obtain pre-suit discovery against officials of the California localities and their legal counsel. Continue reading “California Municipalities’ Climate-Change Litigation Against Energy Companies Takes a Surprising New Turn”