Description: Oil company lawsuit seeking to bar environmental activists from occupying its drilling ship bound for Arctic.
Shell Offshore, Inc. v. Greenpeace, Inc.
Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. v. Greenpeace, Inc.
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 05/29/2012 Order Download Order issued granting motion to dismiss in part and granting Shell's motion for additional preliminary injunctive relief. Greenpeace moved to dismiss. The court granted the motion in part, dismissing the public nuisance and tortious interference claims, but declined to dismiss the other causes of action. It also expanded a previously granted restraining order blocking activists from barricading or occupying the company’s ships bound for the Arctic.
02/27/2012 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Shell filed a lawsuit in Alaska federal court seeking to block environmental activists from barricading or occupying its drilling ship bound for the Arctic. The company alleged that Greenpeace members unlawfully boarded its ship in New Zealand and chained themselves to drilling equipment meant to stop the ship from reaching the Chukchi Sea. The company alleged causes for action for, among other things, nuisance, piracy, malicious mischief on the high seas, tortious interference with contractual relations, trespass, false imprisonment, and reckless endangerment.