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Lawsuit (SLAPP)

22 Aug 2017

Greenpeace Inc.


Date lawsuit was filed
22 Aug 2017
Date accuracy
Year and Month Correct
Greenpeace Inc.
Civil, Criminal
Not applicable
Environmental concerns group
Lawsuits: SLAPPs
Lawyer for the claimant: Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP
Legal claims: Defamation, Racketeering
Amount of damages: $1 billion
Lawsuit Brought By: Company
Target: Group, Organisation or Institution
Location of Filing: United States of America
Location of Incident: United States of America
Energy Transfer Partners United States of America Oil, gas & coal Company Response
Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP United States of America Law firms Company Response


In August 2017, Energy Transfer Partners, the operators of the Dakota Access Pipeline, filed a lawsuit against Greenpeace, Inc., Greenpeace Fund, Inc., Greenpeace International, BankTrack, the movement Earth First!, and individual defendants accusing them of unlawful and fraudulent speech intended to harm the company and cause it to lose investments in its pipeline. With treble damages available under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the company sought close to $1 billion in damages. In 2019, a federal court dismissed the federal claims against the defendants, but declined to rule on the state claims.