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16 Oct 2017

Greenpeace USA

The Resolute vs. Greenpeace Lawsuits

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Greenpeace has worked for years with logging and consumer companies to develop policies that support a healthy boreal forest...Resolute Forest Products has been criticized by a variety of environmental groups...for unsustainable logging practices that are harming this forest...

Following the exposure of its irresponsible practices, Resolute launched a multimillion legal and public relations attack against its critics. In 2013, Resolute filed a defamation and economic interference case for CAD$7 million against Greenpeace Canada and two of its staff members In May 2016, Resolute filed a CAD$300 million lawsuit for racketeering and other claims in the United States against several Greenpeace entities and Stand.earth including five individual activists...

These lawsuits, designed to silence criticism, are textbook examples of SLAPPs: Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation.