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7 Aug 2018

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Center for Constitutional Rights

USA: Court blocks lawsuit against Earth First! filed by Energy Transfer Partners over campaign opposing Dakota Access pipeline

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"Judge Slams Pipeline Corporation for Frivolous Legal Claims Against Activists", 3 Aug 2018

...[A] federal judge blocked Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the corporation behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, from continuing a lawsuit against Earth First!. ETP had filed a...lawsuit, claiming the environmental movement Earth First! had funded a violent terrorist presence and criminal enterprise at the Standing Rock protests...[T]he court rejected ETP’s allegations as factually unsupported.  The judge also blocked ETP’s attempt to collect discovery against the Earth First! Journal, a non-party in the suit...The judge had given ETP until today to provide a sufficient reason why he should not dismiss Earth First! from the lawsuit...After the judge ruled that Earth First! had not been properly served, ETP sought permission to take discovery against Earth First! Journal or amend the complaint to include the Journal as a defendant...Amending the complaint to add Earth First! Journal as a party responsible for an alleged criminal enterprise would be “futile and possibly frivolous,” the judge wrote...

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