Exxon Mobil Corp. Wednesday argued that Texas courts had jurisdiction to take up its claims against the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts that they are abusing the corporation’s free speech rights and seeking to unreasonably search and seize its business records in pursuing their climate-change litigation against the oil giant.

The brief, which says Texas’ long-arm statute allows it to hale the attorneys general into court over the constitutional claims, was filed on the same day Exxon’s former chairman Rex Tillerson was confirmed and sworn in as U.S. Secretary of State.

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