Collings Quoted in “Virgin Islands and Exxon Agree to Uneasy Truce Over Climate Probe”On July 7, 2016 by Schnader in Environmental
Energy & Environmental Practice Group Co-chair Robert L. Collings was quoted in the article “Virgin Islands and Exxon Agree to Uneasy Truce Over Climate Probe” published by Inside Climate News on July 7, 2016. The article discusses an agreement reached between Exxon and U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker. Walker agreed to withdraw a subpoena seeking 40 years of documents to Exxon while Exxon agreed to withdraw its lawsuit, in which it claims violations of its constitutional right to free speech, against Walker. The disagreement stems from Walker’s investigation into Exxon’s alleged efforts to disseminate misinformation about climate change. Walker is part of a coalition of 17 attorneys general who want to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for their conduct on climate change. Mr. Collings discussed the impact a faulty subpoena could have on other state litigation.