The Ends Do Not Justify The Means

Author: Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Published on: 7 July 2016

…There is a growing trend of…cases being filed against corporations, claiming to be in defense of the environment or human rights, which are ultimately exposed as fraudulent and fabricated. Often, corporations settle these types of cases to avoid reputational damage or costly litigation…

Increasingly, however, corporations are challenging these baseless actions, and the organizations behind the frivolous lawsuits are not happy about it.

Last week, Katie Redford, the co-founder and director of EarthRights International, published a column to this site lamenting the fact that corporations are standing up for themselves. She even goes so far as to blame my law firm for leading this charge, citing cases we have handled for Dole and Chevron as examples of what she labels “retaliatory litigation” in an effort to silence environmentalists.

By highlighting these two cases, Ms. Redford demonstrates exactly why it is not only important, but vital, that American corporations fight fraudulent lawsuits if they have facts on their side…

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Related companies: Chevron Dole Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Texaco (part of Chevron)