A billboard outside an Exxon Mobil refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the company’s appeal in a climate change lawsuit from the state of Massachusetts. Julie Dermansky/Corbis/Getty Images
The Supreme Court on Monday issued a significant ruling for ongoing legal battles around climate change by declining to hear oil giant Exxon Mobil’s appeal in its suit with the state of Massachusetts. In the appeal, the company was attempting to block the release of records of its knowledge of how burning fossil fuels changes the climate.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed suit against the company in 2016 alleging that Exxon, the world’s largest investor-owned oil company, violated state consumer protection rules and misled investors about the impacts of fossil fuels on climate change as well as risks of climate change to its business.
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