ExxonMobilIn an attempt to stop critics from taking legal action, the company has used intimidation. The giant oil company is using a Texas law that is unusual to target critics from outside Texas to do so. Exxon has asked Texas Supreme Court to grant it rule 202 for its purposes. California municipal officials.
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This is due to these California officials filing lawsuits against Exxon because of its role in the scandal. Climate crisis. Eight California counties and cities have accused Exxon of misrepresenting evidence in order to downplay the impact of climate change. Exxon is accused of misrepresenting evidence, even from Its own scientists about global warming.
California lawsuits seek to recover damages from the company. WildfiresFloods and other extreme weather phenomena. Exxon claims this infringes its first amendment rights, and will use rule 202 as a means to demand justice for its accusers.
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“The potential defendants’ lawfare is aimed at chilling the speech of not just ExxonMobil, but of other prominent members of the Texas energy sector on issues of public debate, in this case, climate change,” the company claimed in its petition.
Rule 202 allows corporations to search for evidence of incriminating nature, question individuals under oath, and access documents. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has even written to the state’s all-Republican Supreme Court in support of Exxon’s request. Abbott accuses California Contentious litigantsTexan companies are at risk of being undermining their rights.
“When out-of-state officials try to project their power across our border, as respondents have done by broadly targeting the speech of an industry crucial to Texas, they cannot use personal jurisdiction to scamper out of our courts and retreat across state lines,” Abbott wrote.
Climate experts claim that the move is intended to intimidate people who speak out against ExxonMobil, and instill fear among anyone who would like to file a lawsuit against it.
Via The Guardian
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