Greenpeace Gets Dakota Access Owner's RICO Suit Tossed

Law360 (February 15, 2019, 5:13 PM EST) -- A North Dakota federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by Energy Transfer Partners LP against Greenpeace International, ruling that attempts to block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through fundraising and protest activities aren't evidence of racketeering.

U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson granted dismissal bids from the environmental advocacy organization and other DAPL protest organizers, saying that Energy Transfer had not shown Greenpeace's support of protesters was coordinated in a way that would violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Greenpeace's fundraising efforts are not evidence of a conspiracy, the court said. Its request for donations is simply the way a...

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