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DeSwiss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-09-11 07:59 PM
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Koch Industries Climate Change Spoof No Grounds For Suit, Judge Finds
Source: Huffington Post

Koch Industries Climate Change Spoof No Grounds For Suit, Judge Finds


Tom Zeller Jr. | Huffington Post | Updated: 05/ 9/11 06:55 PM ET




A U.S. district court in Utah effectively shut down an effort by Koch Industries, the Kansas-based industrial conglomerate whose namesake brothers are vocal skeptics of global warming, to unmask a group of anonymous climate activists who spoofed the company in a mock press release last December.

The fake statement, posted to a hoax Web site similar to Koch Industries' own, purported to be an awakening of sorts, in which the company admitted the error of its ways on climate change and committed to cease funding of groups seeking to undermine prevailing climate science.

Unamused, Koch sued for a variety of claims, including infringement of trademark, unfair competition and cybersquatting, among others. Koch had also sought to serve subpoenas on the company that hosted the sham website in order to obtain the identities of the activists.

The defendants, represented by the advocacy group Public Citizen, sought to have the subpoenas quashed, the activists' identities protected and the lawsuit -- along with all of its claims -- dismissed. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Dale A. Kimball granted all three requests.



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- THIS, is to laugh....

DeSwiss





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PuffedMica Donating Member (584 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-09-11 08:10 PM
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1. There seems to be at least one judge who has not been bought with right wing money
Koch's powerhouse lawyers still could not overcome true justice.
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DeSwiss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-09-11 08:27 PM
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2. When I first read this, those were my thoughts, exactly! :-) n/t
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-09-11 10:41 PM
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3. Ha!
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Downwinder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-09-11 11:15 PM
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4. I'll bet the Koch Bros. don't call this frivolous.
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