By: The Working Forest Staff
Resolute Forest Products remains resolute in its legal battle in the United States against Greenpeace and Stand, despite a setback on Oct. 16.
A judge in San Francisco dismissed the racketeering charges that Resolute had filed against the environmental activist organization, but left the door open for Resolute to try again.
“The Court dismissed the complaint for failure to allege certain elements of our claims with sufficient detail, and it provided Resolute with leave to correct those purported deficiencies in an amendment. We will correct those purported deficiencies in an amendment, and proceed with the case,” explains Michael J. Bowe, of Kasowtiz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP, which represents Resolute.
An Ontario news site, TBnewswatch.com, summarizes: “In dismissing the racketeering case on Monday, a judge in San Francisco said Resolute had failed to provide enough detail in its allegation that Greenpeace acted with a malicious mindset.”
The judge also wrote that the defendants’ statements “constituted the expression of opinion, or different viewpoints that (are) a vital part of our democracy.”