Description: Consumer protection lawsuit brought by the State of Vermont against fossil fuel companies alleging deceptive and unfair business practices in connection with the companies' sale of their products.
Vermont v. Exxon Mobil Corp.
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 09/14/2021 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Vermont Filed Consumer Protection Suit Against Oil and Gas Companies Alleging Deception over Climate Change. On September 14, 2021, Vermont filed a lawsuit against oil and gas companies under its Consumer Protection Act (VCPA). The lawsuit was filed in Vermont Superior Court and asserts that the defendants have misled Vermont consumers about the risks posed by their products, including the causal connection between their products and climate change, and have thereby denied Vermont consumers of the opportunity to make informed decisions about their fossil fuel purchases and consumption. The complaint alleges that the defendants took “extraordinary steps” to keep information about the connection between use of their products and climate change secret despite being “fully aware for decades of the causal link.” The state also contends that the defendants have in more recent years “sought to adjust to shifting public perception through their ‘greenwashing’ campaigns’” in which they “falsely hold themselves out as responsible stewards of the environment.” Vermont seeks a permanent injunction prohibiting the companies from engaging in unfair or deceptive acts and practices and requiring disclosure of fossil fuels’ role in climate change at every point of sale in the state. The state also seeks disgorgement of funds acquired or retained as a result of any unlawful practices, civil penalties of $10,000 for each violation of the VCPA, and investigative and litigation costs and fees.