One of the attorneys involved in New York’s climate lawsuit against ExxonMobil is a special assistant attorney general in the state who receives funding from former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Matthew Eisenson, a special assistant in the New York AG’s office, signed a lawsuit the state filed Wednesday alleging Exxon misled investors about the risks the company’s oil products pose to the environment. He is one of several lawyers associated with Bloomberg Philanthropies the state hired through the NYU State Environmental Energy Impact Center.
Eisenson’s previous work experience includes the Natural Resource Defense Council as a policy aide, according to his LinkedIn. Eisenson’s work on the lawsuit appears substantial given that his name is one of eight people attached to it, one of which includes current NY AG Barbara Underwood.
The lawsuit follows more than three years of investigation first orchestrated by former AG Eric Schneiderman, who resigned in April over abuse allegations from former romantic partners. NY’s probe seemed to come to a halt shortly after his resignation – Wednesday’s lawsuit revives the moribund legal pursuit.