New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was added to a lawsuit by ExxonMobil that seeks to block state fraud investigations into the company's climate change record. The move steps up Exxon's offensive to counter the gathering momentum against it.
Schneiderman's office filed a request in New York's Supreme Court Monday seeking a court order compelling Exxon to comply with its subpoena. In it, Schneiderman calls the legal challenge in Texas a "forum-shopping exercise" in which the company is trying to find a sympatric federal judge in Texas.
"In statements made to this Court, Exxon acknowledged that the subpoena is valid and (inaccurately) boasted of the company's compliance record," according to the request. "But at the very same time, in a federal district court in Texas, Exxon is effectively moving to quash the subpoena on constitutional grounds it has pointedly avoided raising in this Court."
Schneiderman's office is asking the New York court to order Exxon to turn over an extensive list of documents by Nov. 23.
"The appropriate place and time for Exxon to make arguments for evading compliancewith the subpoena is here and now," according to the court filing.
New York investigators want the court to order Exxon to surrender documents concerning how the company calculates its worth and the impact of climate change and related government action on such valuation.