Forest Activists Challenge Softwood Lumber Deal

Law360, New York (September 12, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Forest advocates are charging that the Bush administration broke federal laws when it had $350 million from a 2006 settlement of a long-standing trade dispute with Canada distributed to two timber industry-linked nonprofit groups.

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, the Forest Stewardship Council of the U.S., Conservation Northwest and the Center for Biological Diversity allege that the money — part of a settlement of a bitter dispute over softwood imports from Canada — should have been deposited...
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