Description: Lawsuit asserting Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims against environmental organizations alleging that false claims regarding anthropogenic carbon emissions' connection to climate change amounted to a criminal scheme.
Goldstein v. Climate Action Network
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 06/12/2017 Order Download Motions to dismiss granted. 01/05/2017 Motion to Dismiss Download Brief filed by Consultative Group on Biological Diversity Corp. in support of motion to dismiss. 10/13/2016 Motion to Dismiss Download Motion to dismiss filed by World Wild Fund for Nature. 10/13/2016 Motion to Dismiss Download Brief filed by certain defendants in support of their motion to dismiss. 09/13/2016 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Texas Resident Filed RICO Action Alleging Harms Inflicted by “Climate Alarmism Enterprise”. A Texas resident filed a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) action against Climate Action Network and 39 other organizations, as well as 99 John and Jane Does, alleging that the defendants had acted in concert to further a criminal scheme based on false claims that anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide cause climate change. The plaintiff labeled this scheme the “Climate Alarmism Enterprise.” The complaint also alleged that the Climate Alarmism Enterprise had “powerful allies with immunity from prosecution,” chiefly the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The complaint’s allegations also included that a number of other parties, including websites, scientific organizations, and the New York Times, aided and abetted the enterprise. The plaintiff sought compensatory, punitive, and exemplary damages and asked the court to order the defendants to disgorge improperly secured monies.