A California judge dismissed Resolute Forest Products’ $300 million defamation law suit and racketeering case against Greenpeace.
As detailed in a previous story, the company launched the action against Greenpeace and STAND for their smear campaign called "Resolute: Forest Destroyer".
The language used in the campaign accused Resolute of:
"...destroying endangered forests, operating in violation of law, causing the destruction of endangered species, risking a "caribou herd death spiral, and impoverishing the first nations of the boreal forest."
Resolute maintains none of this is true, spurring them to take legal action against Greenpeace.
It was great to finally see a resource company punching back but, according to the Canadian Press, California Judge Jon Tigar ruled Greenpeace's campaign "constituted the expression of opinion, or different viewpoints that are a vital part of our democracy."
How is that an opinion? Either they're decimating caribou in violation of the law, laying waste to the boreal forest, etc, or not!
Watch as I explain why this might be a setback.
The ruling gives Resolute 21 days to amend its application and submit more supporting evidence, and that's exactly what the company plans to do.
Resolute has shown they have a backbone and a willingness to defend themselves, so let’s hope this inspires other companies to do the same.
In an ongoing case, Resolute is also suing Greenpeace Canada in another defamation suit for $7 million in Canadian court, while the US case is much larger at $300 million and is a RICO case.
Needless to say, should that decision go against Greenpeace, it would have wide-reaching and grave implications for their future.