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New Jersey joins lawsuit against big oil corporations, claims they 'deceived' the public about climate change

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New Jersey officials filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against five oil and gas companies, alleging that the corporations knew about the impact of fossil fuels on climate change but failed to warn the public.

More than two dozen other cities, counties, and states also have filed claims against Exxon Mobil, Shell Oil, Chevron, BP, ConocoPhillips, and the American Petroleum Institute trade group.

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