The attorney’s general office of the U.S. Virgin Islands has dropped a request for Exxon records that was made as part of a probe into the company.
According to ABC News, the island’s attorney general has agreed to drop its subpoena for Exxon’s records.
Exxon has asked a Texas federal court to dismiss a counter-lawsuit it filed in response to the subpoena.
Both parties agreed to drop the matter in a joint filing issued in a Forth Worth federal district court.
The Virgin Islands’ attorney general office was seeking more than 40 years of company records to determine if Exxon violated racketeering laws, ABC News said.
The subpoena was part of several investigations being conducted into whether energy firms misled shareholders about the business risks posed by climate change.
Two investigative reports published last year alleged that Exxon utilized climate data to make operational decisions while also working to publicly undermine climate science.
Last October, Exxon’s then vice president of public and government affairs Ken Cohen said that activists “deliberately cherry-picked statements attributed to various company employees to wrongly suggest definitive conclusions were reached decades ago by company researchers.”
The media reports prompted two California congressmen to ask the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate if Exxon failed to disclose “truthful information” about climate change.
The DOJ referred the request to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in March.
No official investigation has been ordered and the FBI is not obligated to investigate the matter.
Earlier this month, Exxon asked a U.S. District Court to throw out a subpoena tied to a climate data probe in Massachusetts.
In a court filing seen by Reuters, Exxon said that the subpoena issued by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey in April violated the company’s rights to free speech, unreasonable search and seizure and equal protection.
Exxon confirmed in November that it received a subpoena from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for documents “relating to climate change.”
The company has denied any wrongdoing and added that it has included information about climate related business risks for many years in its 10-K, Corporate Citizenship Report, and in other reports to shareholders.