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24 Apr 2020

Valentina Stackl, Greenpeace

USA: Judge orders Resolute Forest Products to reimburse Greenpeace attorneys' fees & costs in "meritless" lawsuit

"Judge Orders Resolute Forest Products to Pay Almost 1 Million Dollars to Greenpeace", 23 Apr 2020

Logging Giant Resolute Forest Products, which has waged meritless lawsuits against multiple Greenpeace offices and individual staff members since 2013, was ordered yesterday to reimburse defendants a total of about  $816,000 USD to cover attorneys’ fees and costs related to dismissed legal claims that were intended to silence critics of the company’s controversial environmental record.

This is the latest favorable decision for Greenpeace in the U.S. federal lawsuit that started over four years ago. Resolute’s lawsuits are clear examples of  Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs)...Despite almost the entirety of the lawsuit already being dismissed in January 2019, Resolute continues to pursue this SLAPP tactic in an attempt to drain Greenpeace resources and distract the organization from other valuable work...The two Greenpeace entities in the United States that Resolute sued requested the payment of their attorneys’ fees and costs as allowed under California’s anti-SLAPP statute, most of which were granted in the court’s order. This historical award is one of the highest monetary figures ever under California’s anti-SLAPP statute...