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ESG Litigation Over Social Issues Is Poised to Rise

More corporate disclosure will lead to more discrepancies—and more lawsuits

Maxwell Jury Begins Deliberations In Sex-Trafficking Case
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Climate-related lawsuits like those filed against energy companies Exxon Mobil Corp., Shell Plc and PG&E Corp. have dominated ESG litigation in recent years. But there are signs an increase in cases extending beyond the environmental pillar of ESG may be coming.