CBD loses BIG!

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  1. ntsqd

    ntsqd 1/2 ton status

    Nov 28, 2002
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    So. CA
    From another bbs posting:

    "January 21, 2005

    Contact: Kraig Marton 602-570-3510

    For Immediate Release: PRfect Media 480-706-6880

    Jury Awards $600,000 to Arizona Rancher - Environmental Group Found
    Libel for False Statements and Accusations

    (Tucson) A Tucson jury today found the Center for Biological
    Diversity, a well-known environmental group, guilty of
    making "false, unfair, libelous and defamatory statements" against
    Jim Chilton, a fifth generation Southern Arizona Rancher.

    In a judgment announced during the noon hour, the jury awarded
    Chilton $100,000 in actual damages, and $500,000 in punitive damages
    for defaming him and his family business in a two-page press release
    and 21
    photographs posted on the Center's website in July 2002 that were
    false and misleading regarding Chilton's 21,500-acre Montana grazing
    Allotment northwest of Nogales.

    "This case is more about the truth than about money. After all
    expenses have been covered, I am going to donate all the remaining
    money to the Arizona Cattle Growers Association to be used for the
    truth and responsibility for cattle grazing issues", said Chilton.

    The suit was filed, according to Chilton, because he wanted to
    challenge the way the Center for Biological Diversity does business.

    "They don't use science, they use scare tactics," said
    Chilton. "They also use endangered species as surrogates to obtain
    their own goals and to raise money," he added.

    According to last year's annual statement, the Center for Biological
    Diversity has an annual budget of $2.9
    million, and assets of $2.4 million.

    The jury agreed with Chilton's claim, citing the Center did make
    false statements in a news advisory, and that misleading photographs
    were used in an unsuccessful effort to block renewal of Chilton's
    grazing permit.

    The jury also cited that the Center did not accurately describe the
    condition of the grazing allotment.

    The judge in the case asked the jury specific questions related to
    the claim, in which the jury responded in favor of Chilton.

    "It's not very common for a rancher to sue an environmental group.
    But in this case, they attacked my client personally and misstated
    the facts," said Kraig Marton, Chilton's attorney. "We are very
    pleased with the jury's decision and judgment," said Marton.

    The lawsuit named not only the Center for Biological Diversity, but
    also three of its current and former employees: Martin Taylor,
    author of the release; Shane Jimerfield, the Web site designer who
    posted it;
    and A.J. Schneller, who was responsible for some photos and
    captions, and Kieran Suckling, the Executive Director of the Center
    who, Marton says, set the tone for making the false statements.

    For more information regarding this lawsuit, contact Kraig Marton at
    602-570-3510 or PRfect Media at 480-706-6880."

    Source: GCC
  2. divorced

    divorced 3/4 ton status

    Jul 20, 2004
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    That's cool. With our rediculously liberal court system things like that don't happen often.

    Off subject, but what does bbc mean?
  3. bigyellowjimmy

    bigyellowjimmy 1/2 ton status

    Jan 15, 2004
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    Chandler, AZ
    Awesome, I'd like to see most "enviromental" groups sued into non existance. :waytogo:
  4. ntsqd

    ntsqd 1/2 ton status

    Nov 28, 2002
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    So. CA
    bulletin board system, like cK5

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