Supreme Court rejects Exxon’s push for venue change in Minnesota climate lawsuit

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request from ExxonMobil and other fossil fuel groups to move a Minnesota climate change lawsuit from state to federal court, a venue considered more advantageous for the industry.

The three defendants (Exxon, Koch Industries, and the American Petroleum Industry) petitioned the Supreme Court in November to have their lawsuit heard in federal court rather than a state court in Minnesota, where the lawsuit was filed.

The Minnesota suit accused the groups of strategizing to deceive the public about climate science and global warming for some 30 years in an effort to protect their business interests and their bottom lines. 

“The fraud, deceptive advertising, and other violations of Minnesota state law and common law that the lawsuit shows they perpetrated have harmed Minnesotans’ health and our state’s environment, infrastructure, and economy,” Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said in filing
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