Greenpeace RICO Suit Over Dow, Sasol Spying Nixed

By Carolina Bolado (September 9, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT) -- A Washington federal judge on Friday tossed Greenpeace Inc.'s suit against Dow Chemical Co. and Sasol North America Inc., saying the environmental watchdog could not use the chemical makers' alleged criminal theft of its confidential papers as a basis for claims under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer dismissed Greenpeace's complaint because the group had failed to establish a direct connection between the alleged federal criminal act — namely, the transportation of confidential papers stolen from recycling bins from the District of Columbia to Maryland — and any injury Greenpeace might have suffered....

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