(Reuters) – New York City is suing three major oil companies and the highest-level trade group in the state court, arguing that companies are misrepresenting themselves by selling fuels as "cleaner" and advertising themselves as leaders in the fight against climate change.
The trial comes after a federal appeals court this month rejected the city's effort to hold five major oil companies responsible for paying for the costs of global warming damage.
The lawsuit filed on Thursday said Exxon Mobil Corp., BP PLC, Royal Dutch Shell and the American Petroleum Institute "have systematically and intentionally misled consumers" by selling fuel at branded stations as "cleaner" and "emission-reducing" without revealing climate change.
"These moods have no merit and do nothing to promote meaningful efforts to address climate change," a spokesman for Exxon said. "We support global efforts by decision makers, companies and individuals to develop real-world solutions." "Meritless."
BP declined to comment, and Shell did not respond immediately.
"The defendants in our lawsuit have spent millions to convince consumers that they are presenting a clean, green choice," said New York City Corporation Counsel James Johnson. "But they do not."
Earlier this month, the Second U.S. District Court in Manhattan ruled in a separate lawsuit in favor of BP, Chevron Corp., ConocoPhillips, Exxon and Shell, dismissing the city's efforts to sue the state for damages caused by the companies' "admittedly legal" production and sale of fossil fuels, and said the city's federal general legal claims were driven by the Federal Clean Air Act. [1