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Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM)

Ryan & Maniskas, LLP announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed in United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas on behalf of all persons or entities that purchased Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) common shares between February 19, 2016 and October 27, 2016, inclusive (the “Class Period”).

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By submitting this form, you are acknowledging that you have agreed to be represented by Ryan & Maniskas, LLP and such co-counsel as they deem appropriate to associate with in this action.

We have advised you that we have conducted a thorough investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the allegations contained in the Complaint, and we believe them to be meritorious. You understand that in seeking to be a plaintiff, you are undertaking certain fiduciary duties and responsibilities, which require you to adequately and fairly represent the class by becoming generally familiar with this litigation so that you can monitor, review and participate with counsel in the prosecution of the action. You may and should confer with us at any time you feel it is appropriate to do so. Additionally, you understand that in order to prosecute this action that you must retain some of your shares.

Our firm prosecutes class actions and is seeking to undertake this litigation on a contingent fee basis. This means we will not seek payment of any fees unless the lawsuit generates a recovery or benefit for the class. The payment of our fees in this suit is subject to court approval, and we generally seek to have our fees calculated as a percentage of the full amount of the funds recovered, i.e., as a percentage of the amount recovered before the deduction of our fees and expenses.

We will advance all costs and expenses that we deem necessary to pursue an appropriate recovery in this suit. Typical costs and expenses include, but are not limited to, telephone, fax transmission, court costs, computer research, copy, and postage expenses, as well as more substantial items, such as the cost of travel, deposition, trial, mediation expenses, and expert witness and consultant fees. If the lawsuit generates a recovery for the class, we will apply to the Court to have our costs and expenses reimbursed from the settlement fund remaining after the attorneys’ fees have been paid. If there is no recovery, you will not be responsible for any costs.

In the course of the lawsuit, we may, without notice to you, retain and/or work with other law firms, in which case, we would divide any legal fees we receive with such other firms. You agree that we may divide fees with other attorneys for serving as local counsel, or for referral fees, or other services performed. You also agree that with respect to situations in which our co-counsel perform services, they may be entitled to receive between 5% and 10% of our firm’s overall fee. The division of attorneys’ fees with other counsel may be determined upon a percentage basis or upon time spent in assisting the prosecution of the action. The division of fees with other counsel is our sole responsibility and will not increase the fees described above. If we determine at any time that the prosecution of these claims is not feasible or is contrary to justice or the standards of good faith, we are then entitled to withdraw from the representation in the action, with reasonable notice to you. This agreement shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. All disputes, disagreements and claims arising out of or related to this agreement shall be resolved exclusively through binding arbitration pursuant to the Rules of the American Arbitration Association.

We look forward to working with you.

Ryan & Maniskas, LLP announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed in United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas on behalf of all persons or entities that purchased Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) ("Exxon" or the "Company") common shares between February 19, 2016 and October 27, 2016, inclusive (the “Class Period”).

Exxon shareholders may, no later than January 6, 2017, move the Court for appointment as a lead plaintiff of the Class. If you purchased shares of Exxon and would like to learn more about these claims or if you wish to discuss these matters and have any questions concerning this announcement or your rights, contact Richard A. Maniskas, Esquire toll-free at (877) 316-3218 or to sign up online, visit: www.rmclasslaw.com/cases/xom.

Exxon is an American multinational oil and gas corporation headquartered in Irving, Texas, and is the world’s largest publicly traded company.

The complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, Defendants made false and/or misleading statements as it emphasized its business model and its transparency and reported integrity, specifically in connection to its oil and gas reserves and the value of those reserves. Particularly, Exxon’s public statements were materially false and misleading when made as they failed to disclose: (1) that Exxon’s internal reports about climate change recognized the environmental risks caused by global warming and climate change; (2) that, Exxon knew the risks associated with global warming and climate change, and it would not be able to remove the existing hydrocarbon reserves the Company claimed to have and, therefore, a material portion of Exxon’s reserves were stranded and should have been written down; and (3) that Exxon had employed an inaccurate “price of carbon” – the cost of regulations such as a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system to push down emissions – in evaluating the value of certain of its future oil and gas prospects in order to keep the value of its reserves materially overstated. As a result of the Company’s hyped-up statements, Exxon stock traded at artificially inflated prices, reaching a high during the Class Period of over $95 per share. The rating agencies also upheld Exxon’s AAA debt rating – the highest – allowing Exxon to sell $12 billion of corporate debt at extremely favorable rates throughout the Class Period.

Between August through September 2016, several news sources reported that federal regulators were looking into Exxon’s reserve accounting in regards to climate change and global warming, and the Company’s lack of documentation of any of its oil and gas reserves in the face of declining global oil prices. Following these news reports, Exxon stock dropped to $82.54 per share on September 20, 2016, or over 13% from the Exxon’s Class Period high. Then on October 28, 2016, pre-market, Exxon announced its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016. In it, Exxon revealed that it may be forced to document close to 20% of its oil and gas assets.

Following this news, Exxon stock dropped over $2 per share on October 28, 2016, on unusually high trading volume.

If you are a member of the class, you may, no later than January 6, 2017, request that the Court appoint you as lead plaintiff of the class. A lead plaintiff is a representative party that acts on behalf of other class members in directing the litigation. In order to be appointed lead plaintiff, the Court must determine that the class member's claim is typical of the claims of other class members, and that the class member will adequately represent the class. Under certain circumstances, one or more class members may together serve as "lead plaintiff." Your ability to share in any recovery is not, however, affected by the decision whether or not to serve as a lead plaintiff. You may retain Ryan & Maniskas, LLP or other counsel of your choice, to serve as your counsel in this action.