In April 2016, CEI was served with a subpoena from the attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands, demanding a decade’s worth of CEI documents on its climate and energy work. About a week before that subpoena was issued, Schneiderman had held a highly publicized press conference to unveil a 17-state coalition (which included the Virgin Islands) aimed at shutting down debate over climate change. Schneiderman’s coalition had its origins in a “common interest agreement,” a two-page document laying out the coalition’s goals and operating procedures. Last week, the appellate court rejected Schneiderman’s claim of confidentiality regarding the agreement, especially given his public efforts to tout the goals of his coalition.
Read more about the case Competitive Enterprise Institute v. The Attorney General of New York here. For more on the story behind CEI’s climate work and the documents being sought by state attorneys general, see “First Amendment Fight: CEI’s Climate Change Subpoena.”