Newspaper article The Canadian Press

U.S. Court Dismisses Resolute's Racketeering Suit against Greenpeace

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

U.S. Court Dismisses Resolute's Racketeering Suit against Greenpeace

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Court nixes Resolute suit against Greenpeace

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MONTREAL - A U.S. court has dismissed a racketeering lawsuit launched by Resolute Forest Products against Greenpeace and other environmental groups.

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed claims filed against Greenpeace, Stand.earth and individuals under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

Judge Jon Tigar wrote that the defendants' speech "constituted the expression of opinion, or different viewpoints that [are] a vital part of our democracy."

Resolute lawyer Michael Bowe says the ruling merely requires the Montreal-based paper and forest products company (TSX:RFP) to amend within 21 days its filing to provide more details to back up its claims. …

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