Judge Fells Forest Activists' Lumber Deal Challenge

Law360, New York (June 25, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit by environmental activists who claimed the Bush administration broke federal laws when it gave two timber industry-linked nonprofit groups $350 million from a settlement of a long-standing trade dispute with Canada.

Judge Richard A. Jones of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington dismissed the lawsuit Tuesday after finding that plaintiffs – a group of nonprofit forest advocacy organizations – lacked standing to bring their claims against the Office of the United States Trade Representative,...
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