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NYC Sues Exxon, Shell, BP for Ads Calling Products ‘Cleaner’

  • Earlier legal efforts by city, state against industry failed
  • This time the city focuses on deceptive trade practices
Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
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New York City sued three major oil companies for allegedly running deceptive ads claiming their products are “cleaner” and “emissions-reducing” while failing to disclose their harmful effects on the climate.

The city sued Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc, BP Plc and an industry trade association, the American Petroleum Institute, in state court in Manhattan on Thursday -- Earth Day -- for “systematically and intentionally deceiving” New Yorkers about the leading role fossil fuels play in driving climate change.