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30 Mar 2018

Angela Underwood, Northern California Record (USA)

Federal judge: 190-page complaint against Greenpeace is too long

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A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered an almost 200-page complaint to be condensed before he will consider the cause.  In a March 20 order, Judge Jon Tigar directed plaintiff Resolute Forest Products Inc. to consolidate its 190-page first amended complaint against Greenpeace International, which filed a motion to dismiss the complaint, to no more than 80 pages.  The lengthy complaint based on defamation...calls Greenpeace a “global fraud" that has deceived the American public to contribute to the environmental mission...Fighting back in a 51-page motion to dismiss authored by Greenpeace attorney Lance Koonce...states that...Resolute’s first amended fails to beseech any conceivable claim of defamation, specifically arguing anti-SLAPP...Tigar uses his one-page order to set an example for both parties.  “Plaintiffs may file a consolidated opposition to Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss and Strike Plaintiffs’ First Amended Complaint that exceeds 25 pages but which shall not exceed 80 pages,” Tigar ordered.