Exxon Can't Use Texas Court To Investigate Calif. 'Conspiracy'

By Michelle Casady (June 18, 2020, 8:44 PM EDT) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. can't use Texas courts to dig into what the oil giant claims is a conspiracy among several California counties, cities and government officials pursuing claims that the company is responsible for climate change-related infrastructure damage, a Texas appellate court ruled Thursday.

A three-justice panel of the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth wrote that despite its "impulse to safeguard an industry that is vital to Texas' economic well-being," the California parties had too few contacts with Texas to give courts there jurisdiction to allow the pre-suit discovery Exxon is seeking.

Exxon had sought to gather testimony, in...

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