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Exxon Seeking Dismissal of Massachusetts AG’s Climate Lawsuit

Exxon Mobil Corp. will argue that a consumer and investor fraud lawsuit filed by the Massachusetts attorney general amounts to improper retaliation against the company over its views on climate change.

The company will seek to dismiss the suit under the state’s so-called anti-Slapp law, which prohibits the use of litigation that has the effect of punishing a defendant for statements on matters that are under consideration by a legislative or judicial body, according to a July 30 notice in state court in Boston. The court won’t make details of Exxon’s motion public until after Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey responds.