ENERGY COMPANY DROPS SUIT AGAINST ENVIRONMENTAL CAMPAIGNERS
Energy company EDF dropped a $7.6 million lawsuit against a group of 21 activists who occupied a gas-fired power plant, claiming that they had reached a "fair and reasonable solution." Supporters of the demonstrators, who EDF claimed caused millions of dollars in production delays, called the result a "humiliating climbdown" and an "unmitigated defeat" for EDF. The company announced that it was dropping the suit after supporters agreed in principle to an injunction preventing them from entering multiple EDF-owned sites, and that the initial action was necessary to make potential future campaigners "understand that they may face consequences." The activists face potential prison terms for aggravated trespass, and those with previous convictions for similar actions may face custodial sentences, the first such sentences for climate change activists in the United Kingdom. For the full story, see http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/mar/13/edf-lawsuit-environmental-activists-backlash.