Description: Lawsuit seeking to compel disclosure of correspondence and other records of the Michigan Department of Attorney General that allegedly concerned the Department's "involvement with outside pressure groups and plaintiff’s tort attorneys.”
Energy Policy Advocates v. Nessel
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 05/27/2020 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Energy Policy Advocates Sought Michigan Attorney General Communications Related to Climate Change. In late May 2020, Energy Policy Advocates filed a lawsuit in state court in Michigan under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking correspondence of Department of Attorney General staff members and a contractor, as well as other records, including “purported common interest agreements.” The complaint alleged that the Department was using FOIA exemptions “to shield from the public the agency’s involvement with outside pressure groups and plaintiff’s tort attorneys,” including correspondence that the complaint alleged would show that climate activists were recruiting attorneys general to file litigation against private parties.