Gunns Backs Down - New Matilda
Last week the case against the Gunns 20 was dropped. Will the failed case deter other corporations from taking protestors to court? Greg Ogle reviews a five-year-long corporate PR disaster
The so-called Gunns 20 lawsuit dates back to December 2004 when Tasmanian forestry giant Gunns Ltd sued 20 environmentalists, including Bob Brown and the Wilderness Society. The case lasted more than five years, turned into three different cases and had 52 appearances in court. Pleadings ran to thousands of pages and millions of dollars worth of costs accrued.
With one minor exception, however, the Gunns 20 lawsuit set no legal precedent.