Greenpeace claims the amended RICO lawsuit by Resolute Canada is designed to silence activists from Greenpeace. A claim fiercely rejected by Resolute Canada. In January 2018 Greenpeace filed motions to dismiss the amended case. Greenpeace with an annual 300 million dollar budget is facing two federal racketeering claims.
Dismissed by an Obama appointee the RICO application was dismissed by Judge Tigar in October 2017. But the federal judge instructed Resolute Canada to re-submit an amended claim. In November 2017 Resolute Canada continued the fight against Greenpeace.
Greenpeace USA General Counsel Tom Wetterer said:
“It’s obvious that Resolute’s legal strategy has reached a dead-end. The Judge’s dismissal of this case last year made it clear that it is a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, a meritless attack on freedom of speech and public advocacy. The court’s decision also awarded Greenpeace attorney fees under California’s anti-SLAPP statute.
“Resolute’s amended complaint does not address the many deficiencies that Judge Tigar identified in the company’s claims when he dismissed this case the first time in October. Unfortunately, Resolute’s management continues to waste the court’s time, its shareholders’ money, and other valuable resources that would be better used elsewhere ……. We are confident that this repackaged lawsuit will meet the same fate as the one already dismissed.
“The misuse of racketeering laws with massive damage claims against advocacy organizations is part of a playbook developed by Trump’s go-to law firm, Kasowitz Benson Torres, to silence fair criticism of corporations. This firm not only represents Resolute, it also filed a strikingly similar lawsuit on behalf of Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the infamous Dakota Access Pipeline that was opposed by an inspiring indigenous-led movement. Corporate bullies and their mercenary lawyers will not prevail over the right of the people to speak up.”
Resolute Canada’s position is simple: Victims of Greenpeace stand up against extortionist tactics. Greenpeace with its history of rape and sexual harassment in India shows a more concerning dark underbelly.
A Greenpeace audit report spoke of aggressive campaigners, macho demonstrators and rewards bold and confrontational actions. The report summary states,
“…The ramifications of a hostile workplace for working women, especially young women, have not been adequately factored into the organizational vision. Sexism is not called out, bullying and harassment not firmly dealt with, while sexual harassment largely continues to be viewed as trivial and harmless jokes…”
In the melee of lawsuits the troubled history of Greenpeace is somewhat overlooked. Besides the troubling rape and sexual harassment case in India, Greenpeace activists have a long list of arrests around the globe.
The Netherlands , Russian Federation , Norway , in 2018 three arrests after Greenpeace protesters gotten seasick, United Kingdom , New Zealand , Japan , United States , Australia , France , Turkey , Hong Kong , South Africa , Greenland , Peru , the Philippines , Canada , and Germany just to name a few. In late February 2018 activists from Greenpeace were given jail sentences in France.