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posted by martyb on Friday August 25 2017, @11:26AM   Printer-friendly
from the greenbacks-are-good-for-the-environment dept.

The company that built the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline filed a lawsuit against Greenpeace and other groups on Tuesday, alleging that they disseminated false and misleading information about the project and interfered with its construction.

In its lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in North Dakota, Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners requests damages that could approach $1 billion.

The company alleges that the groups' actions interfered with its business, facilitated crimes and acts of terrorism, incited violence, targeted financial institutions that backed the project and violated racketeering and defamation laws. The company seeks a trial and monetary damages, noting that disruptions to construction alone cost it at least $300 million and requesting triple damages.

The group of defendants "is comprised of rogue environmental groups and militant individuals who employ a pattern of criminal activity and a campaign of misinformation for purposes of increasing donations and advancing their political or business agendas," the company said in a statement.

Greenpeace attorney Tom Wetterer said the lawsuit is "meritless" and part of "a pattern of harassment by corporate bullies."

The lawsuit is "not designed to seek justice, but to silence free speech through expensive, time-consuming litigation," Wetterer said.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2017/08/22/company-behind-dakota-access-oil-pipeline-sues-greenpeace.html


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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Tara Li on Friday August 25 2017, @03:37PM (5 children)

    by Tara Li (6248) on Friday August 25 2017, @03:37PM (#558908)

    Yep - sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. Greenpeace, Sierra Club, and other organizations have made it clear for decades that the lawsuits they file are more about costing the companies money than actual justice. Turn-about is fair play.

    Though really, we do need to figure out some why to prevent the courts being used as weapons. Maybe some judges who take their oaths of office seriously, perhaps?

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 25 2017, @05:35PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 25 2017, @05:35PM (#558999)

    Greenpeace, Sierra Club, and other organizations have made it clear for decades that the lawsuits they file are more about costing the companies money than actual justice.

    Actual justice would be prison terms for CEOs, dismantling the systems that cause massive environmental damage. This new trend of equalizing everything is a pretty sneaky form of propaganda. Erode people's ethics, make everything seem relative, then its all about who can bribe the most.

    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by khallow on Friday August 25 2017, @08:01PM (3 children)

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Friday August 25 2017, @08:01PM (#559091) Journal

      dismantling the systems that cause massive environmental damage

      In the developed world, that was done long ago. Didn't need to jail a bunch of CEOs for non-crimes either.

      • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 25 2017, @09:46PM (2 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 25 2017, @09:46PM (#559122)

        Corporate stooge you're the one, you make astroturfing look like so much fun!

        The saddest part is I don't think you are a stooge. It would truly be a preferable scenario, but I think you may actually just enjoy sucking corporate cock. For free.

        • (Score: 2, Insightful) by khallow on Friday August 25 2017, @10:35PM (1 child)

          by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Friday August 25 2017, @10:35PM (#559138) Journal
          Hopefully, you do realize that pollution was far worse in the 1950s than it is now in places like Europe or the US?
          • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 25 2017, @11:28PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 25 2017, @11:28PM (#559148)

            Yeah, thanks to the hard work of a bunch of "tree hugging hippies" which you and your stooge friends would gladly have left in a ditch to die. Protections that were hard won and are now being rolled back as quickly as your favorite political stooge can push them through. Pffft, I bet you would give all the credit to companies for cleaning up instead of the heroes that fought them tooth and nail to FORCE them to clean up.