August 25, 2014
On August 21, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of claims of trespass, invasion of privacy, and conversion of confidential information brought by Greenpeace against Weil client The Dow Chemical Company. Greenpeace brought the suit in DC Superior Court in October 2011, alleging that Dow and other companies engaged in illegal surveillance and stole information about Greenpeace’s investigation of the companies’ conduct and alleged impact on the environment. The Appellate Court upheld the trial court’s decision in its entirety, holding that Greenpeace’s invasion of privacy claim was time-barred, and that it lacked sufficient property interest to properly assert the other claims.
This is the third victory Weil has obtained for Dow in this dispute with Greenpeace. In September 2011, Weil obtained the dismissal of related RICO litigation commenced by Greenpeace in Washington, DC federal court, which held that Greenpeace had failed to state a RICO claim.
The Weil team consisted of partners David Lender and Gregory Silbert in New York and Steven Tyrrell in Washington, DC, and associates Adam Banks, Karin Portlock, Jennifer Oliver, and Eric Wolfish in New York.