New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin filed a lawsuit against five oil and gas companies—Exxon, Shell, Chevron, BP, and ConocoPhillips—as well as the American Petroleum Institute, a fossil fuel industry trade group. The complaint alleged the defendants intentionally deceived consumers about the impact of buying and burning fossil fuels to “manufacture doubt about the existence and causes of climate change” through misleading information and greenwashing campaigns. The lawsuit alleged that these deceptive practices have contributed to accelerated global warming, resulting in detrimental environmental and public health outcomes, especially for low income communities and communities of color.
- Documents: ComplaintNew Jersey Press Release
- Document Type: Complaints Press Releases/Statements
- States: New Jersey
- Issues: Clean Air & Climate Climate Climate Adaptation & Resilience Climate Liability Consumer Protection Environmental Justice Fossil Fuels Greenhouse Gas Emissions Oil and Gas Public Health
- Era: Non-Federal
- Action Type: Litigation