Judge Fells Logger’s RICO Lawsuit Against Greenpeace

By Nichoas Iovino
Courthouse News Service
October 17, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge dismissed without prejudice a lawsuit accusing Greenpeace of conspiring to defame a logging company as a “forest destroyer,” sparking some feisty comments from Greenpeace’s general counsel and what he called President Trump’s “go-to law firm.” U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar found most of the alleged “false statements” Greenpeace and co-defendant Stand made about Georgia-based Resolute were opinions on environmental issues, which are protected by the First Amendment.  …Tigar found such matters of scientific debate are supposed to be settled by the scientific community, not the judiciary. …But he gave Resolute a second chance to amend its lawsuit, which the company said it will do. “We will correct those purported deficiencies in an amendment, and proceed with the case,” Resolute attorney Michael Bowe, with Kasowitz Benson Torres in New York City, said in an email.

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