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USA: Court must dismiss Energy Transfer's suit against EarthFirst! as it is a philosophy, NGO says

Author: Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) , Published on: 7 December 2017

" Trump Lawyers Attempt to Sue an Environmental Philosophy under Anti-Racketeering Laws ", 5 Dec 2017

On behalf of the environmental magazine the Earth First! Journal, the Center for Constitutional Rights urged a court to dismiss parts of a lawsuit brought by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) and Energy Transfer Equity (ETE)...[which] have attempted to sue the broad social movement known as Earth First! for racketeering. 

...Today’s filing points out that the plaintiff pipeline companies themselves admit Earth First! is a “philosophy” or “movement” with “no members” or “formal leadership”; as a matter of law, therefore, it cannot be sued. Trump’s lawyers nonetheless attempted to serve the movement Earth First! by mailing a complaint to the offices of the Earth First! Journal in Lake Worth, Florida, a small collective typically made up of two to five staff members.

...Advocates say the suits are part of the ongoing labeling of social activism as terrorism, from environmental and animal rights activism to the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Related companies: Energy Transfer Partners