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25 Jul 2018


USA: Court dismisses Energy Transfer's lawsuit against BankTrack over campaign opposing construction of Dakota Access Pipeline

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"Judge dismisses DAPL case against BankTrack in full", 25 July 2018

The lawsuit filed against BankTrack by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, has been dismissed by a North Dakota District Court.  The judge ruled that Energy Transfer had failed to state a plausible Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations Act (RICO) claim against BankTrack, and that without that, the court has no jurisdiction over BankTrack for the additional non-federal claims...BankTrack director Johan Frijns said: “We’re very pleased to learn that the frivolous claims against BankTrack have been dismissed...BankTrack raised legitimate human rights concerns arising from the Dakota Access Pipeline with the banks financing the project...We hope the judge will now similarly dismiss the case against the other defendants...”...BankTrack, Earth First! and Greenpeace were named as defendants in the lawsuit by Energy Transfer Equity and Energy Transfer Partners (ETE and ETP), the companies behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, in September 2017...

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