“Corporate Bullies” Are Using RICO Laws to Go After Greenpeace

By Rebecca Leber
Mother Jones
October 18, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

…a federal judge in California dismissed a case from Resolute …against Greenpeace and other environmental activists. This is good news for the international environmental organization that had $300 million at stake if it lost the lawsuit. But the nature of the case worries First Amendment advocates.  …Even if these cases are ultimately all dismissed, they still impose a significant opportunity cost for Greenpeace. “The main reason for them to do this is not to seek justice but to distract our campaigning and strain our resources,” Greenpeace spokesperson Rodrigo Estrada Patiño said in an interview before the case was dismissed. “Greenpeace is a prime target but it’s not just about us and it’s not just about advocacy groups. It’s a clear attack on free speech and democracy should be a concern for us all.” 

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