May 2020 - Climate Litigation Watch

New AG Open Records Lawsuit: Michigan Attorney General Nessel Sued Over Records Involving Secrecy Pacts, Relationships With Outside Activists & Tort Bar Recruiting AGs

AG caught unlawfully using fees as barrier to access public records; tripled demand after coordinating with other AG offices under ‘Get Out of FOIA Free’ pacts; suit asks for sanctions  LANSING, MI, May 28, 2020  – Yesterday, on behalf of the transparency group Energy Policy Advocates (“EPA”), the public interest law firm Government Accountability & […]

“Certain Automakers” Enter “Confidentiality Agreement” with State AGs in Lawsuit Over CA GHG Standards

Pact Hints at Other Dealmaking With Cooperative Automakers Thanks to the transparency group Energy Policy Advocates (“EPA”), CLW has seen records of state attorneys general canoodling with “certain automakers” on a “CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT REGARDING THE SHARING OF INFORMATION IN JOINT DEFENSE OF GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION STANDARDS FOR VEHICLES AND ENGINES.” This is among an absolute […]

Previously Sealed Emails to NY AG Private Account Give Glimpse of Donor-Activist-Litigation Axis

The long and sordid history of the New York OAG’s disastrous prosecution of ExxonMobil for alleged climate crimes, gamely replicated by Massachusetts AG Maura Healey in Massachusetts as the New York case disintegrated in court, is well-chronicled here at CLW.  As is the more recent push to obtain records sealed during that first action. At […]