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Lawsuit (SLAPP)

19 Jan 2021

Center for International Policy


Incident date
Jan. 19, 2021
Date accuracy
Year and Month Correct
Not applicable
Center for International Policy
Environmental concerns group
Lawsuits: SLAPPs
Legal claims: Defamation
Lawsuit Brought By: Company
Target: Group, Individual or Institution
Location of Filing: Germany
Location of Incident: Germany
Korindo Group Indonesia Palm trees & oil, Diversified/Conglomerates, Finance & banking, Logging & lumber, Paper & cardboard, Property development, Property management Company Response


In January 2020, Rainforest Rescue (Rettet den Regenwald, Germany) and one of Mighty Earth’s NGO partners, Center for International Policy, USA, have had to contend with a defamation lawsuit against them in the Hamburg Regional Court by a supplier to the Korindo conglomerate, a notorious Korean-Indonesian palm oil, logging, and wind tower manufacturing giant. The lawsuit is based on letters signed in October 2016 by Mighty Earth, Rainforest Rescue, and a coalition of other NGOs that addressed Korindo’s involvement in large-scale deforestation for palm oil in Papua, Indonesia. The lawsuit challenges some of the assertions in the letters and is demanding a retraction of those statements as well as seeking judicial penalties including hefty fines and imprisonment if those statements are made again. The first court hearing took place in January 2021 and the case in ongoing.

A rejoinder from Mighty Earth is available here.