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Conservative Groups Challenge State AG Privilege Claims In Climate Cases

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June 22, 2020

Two right-leaning groups are challenging privilege claims by state attorneys general in climate matters, including regulation of CO2 emissions. The state AGs in Michigan, Vermont and Washington are applying “the common interest doctrine,” says an analysis in Legal Newsline. an online publication owned by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. The AGs appear to be “applying the widest interpretation possible, including their communications with outside environmental groups and even renewable energy consultants whose clients would benefit directly from stricter controls on carbon emissions.” The plaintiffs groups are Energy Policy Advocates (“EPA”) and a group called Government Accountability & Oversight.

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