United States: Vermont attorney general sues fossil fuel companies over alleged deceptive marketing tactics
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- Vermont AG TJ Donovan filed a lawsuit against fossil fuel companies Exxon Mobil Corporation, Shell Oil Company, Sunoco LP, CITGO Petroleum Corporation and related companies about allegations that they used deceptive and unfair practices in marketing fossil fuels in violation of the Vermont Consumer Protection Act.
- The complaint alleges, among other things, that companies have known about the potential effects of fossil fuel use on climate change since the 1960s, but have continued to promote their products and minimize their effects on the climate, and that companies have become engaged in deceptive “greenwashing” campaigns by falsely portraying themselves as helping the environment.
- The lawsuit, which seeks injunction, restitution, civil penalties, as well as attorney fees and costs, is the latest such consumer protection lawsuit against the fossil fuel industry filed by a AGs, including those brought by the Minnesota and Delaware AGs, among others. States.
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