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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.

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by frojack on Friday August 25 2017, @09:54PM

    by frojack (1554) on Friday August 25 2017, @09:54PM (#559125) Journal

    Racketeering, however, is a neat and novel way to cast it.

    Civil Rico is a thing []. (As is criminal Rico - but the latter must be a charge leveled by the Government)/

    So its not THAT novel of an approach, and it (IMHO) brings a much stronger ability to win a judgement in front of a jury.

    Especially now in these days, since its become quite apparent that there are professional paid protesters that travel from event to event, where ever they are paid to go, and to a far lesser extent, where ever they feel motivated to go. People see these same protesters show up in town, inflict a lot of damage and escape any consequences, then scurry off to the next city and the next protest, rinse, repeat for years.

    No, you are mistaken. I've always had this sig.
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