Ethan Explains RICO and Karma 6/1/16

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What comes around goes around. Greenpeace wants the Department of Justice to use the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act on those who oppose climate change legislation. One of their targets, Resolute Forest Products has filed a RICO suit against Greenpeace.

From The Washington Post’s Volokh Conspiracy by Jonathan H. AdlerNo peace for Greenpeace“:

In December, Greenpeace urged the federal government to investigate oil companies and organizations that dispute the risks of climate change under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. 
Specifically, Greenpeace media officer Cassady Sharp called upon the Justice Department to undertake a “broad” investigation to “look into the role of [ExxonMobil and] other fossil fuel companies, trade associations, and think tanks in sowing doubt about the risks of climate change.”
Earlier today, Resolute Forest Products filed a civil RICO suit in a federal district court in Georgia, alleging a pattern of defamatory and fraudulent behavior by Greenpeace and allied organizations.  
According to the 100-plus-page complaint (and appendix), Greenpeace and its affiliates are a RICO “enterprise” that have waged a deliberately defamatory campaign against Resolute, misrepresenting the company’s practices and environmental record in order to raise funds and promote Greenpeace’s environmentalist agenda

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