French Appeals Court Nixes Power Co.'s $2M Hacking Fine

Law360, New York (February 6, 2013, 6:44 PM EST) -- A French appeals court on Wednesday tossed a $2 million fine against power company Electricite de France SA, overturning a 2011 criminal court ruling that found the French energy giant complicit in hacking into Greenpeace computers.

The Court of Appeal of Versailles cleared EDF of responsibility in the incident, which occurred in 2006 when some of  the power company's employees allegedly paid a computer hacker and private investigator to spy on the environmental group.

Greenpeace France Executive Director Jean-Francois Julliard condemned the ruling and urged government...
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