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.
(Score: 2) by gottabeme on Saturday August 26 2017, @02:08PM (1 child)
> I guess my bottom line on this is, "Leave the kooks alone because they help to keep corps somewhat honest." The alternative is a one sided report from the corps, telling us how things are going to be.
No, the ones who have committed acts of violence and vandalism are criminals. The alternative is law and order.
You're arguing that the ends justify the means. You're arguing in favor of a violent war between corporations and vigilantes. That's not what we do in civilized society.
(Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Saturday August 26 2017, @02:32PM
Actually, the only violence cited in that whole thing, was committed by corporations.
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