Description: Lawsuit seeking to compel disclosure of information related to program to place private attorneys in Minnesota attorney general's office.
Energy Policy Advocates v. Ellison
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 08/14/2019 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Group Filed Lawsuit Seeking Documents from Minnesota Attorney General About Private Lawyers Allegedly Placed to Pursue Climate Cases. A nonprofit corporation filed a lawsuit against Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison to compel the production of documents related to “a major political donor’s program to place privately hired attorneys” in the offices of state attorneys general “to initiate investigations of perceived opponents” of policies and actions to address climate change. The information sought included correspondence between the Office of the Attorney General and a plaintiffs’ law firm and an individual in another state attorney general’s office. The plaintiff alleged that through similar requests to other state attorneys general it had obtained information demonstrating “clear relationships” between state attorneys general and the program to place private lawyers in their offices. The plaintiff asserted claims under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.