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Federal Court Dismisses $900 Million Pipeline Company Lawsuit Against Greenpeace

Today, the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota issued a landmark dismissal of all claims against all defendants in the USD$900 million case against Greenpeace and others brought by Energy Transfer...

The decision to dismiss this lawsuit, which alleged Greenpeace engaged in racketeering and defamation, sends a strong message to all companies trying to silence civil society with baseless cases. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson wrote in his order dismissing the case that, Posting articles written by people with similar beliefs does not create a RICO enterprise,” and that, “Donating to people whose cause you support does not create a RICO enterprise.”...

“We are confident that this decision will set a precedent that deters Energy Transfer and other corporations from abusing the legal system in their quest to bully those who speak truth to power. Greenpeace will continue to fight for the ability of all people to advocate for human rights and the planet.”[wrote Greenpeace USA General Counsel Tom Wetterer in a letter]...

 

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Energy Transfer lawsuit (re Dakota Access Pipeline, USA)

USA: Court dismisses Energy Transfer lawsuit against environmental NGOs & activists over accusations of racketeering & defamation to block Dakota Access Pipeline