Activist Defense

April 2019

Washington Court of Appeals Upholds Right to Present Necessity Defense in Climate Case

By |2019-04-09T11:58:23-07:00April 8th, 2019|Categories: Cases, Current Cases, Featured, News|Tags: , , , |

BREAKING NEWS

April 8, 2019

Today the Washington Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the conviction of climate activist Ken Ward and sent his case back to the lower court for a third trial because Ward was denied his Sixth Amendment right to present the necessity defense to a jury of his […]

March 2019

February 2019

Hiring Soon! Associate Attorney

By |2019-03-08T10:38:32-07:00February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Info|Tags: , , |

In 2019 we will be hiring an Associate Attorney the official job announcement will be coming out in the spring. If you are interested in receiving the announcement, please email Charles Denson at Charles@cldc.org.

Position:

We are seeking an associate attorney with a minimum of five years of litigation experience to work […]

November 2018

CLDC Argues Against White Supremacist Who Wants to Unmask Antifa Members

By |2018-11-16T15:32:13-07:00November 16th, 2018|Categories: Current Cases, News, Projects and Cases|Tags: , , , |

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Last week in San Francisco, Attorney Cooper Brinson of the CLDC, along with co-counsel James Wheaton of the First Amendment Project, argued that a subpoena issued by OG Analytical (a cannabis testing company based in Eugene, Oregon) […]

Necessity Defense May Have Another Chance in Court in Skagit County

By |2018-11-13T12:28:54-07:00November 13th, 2018|Categories: Cases, News, Projects and Cases|Tags: , , , |

Ken Ward’s Appeal Hearing

On Monday we had our appeal hearing in front of the Washington Court of Appeals on behalf of Valve Turner Ken Ward, who turned off a Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline in Skagit County two years ago. We appealed the judge’s decision to deny our client the […]

Fighting Back Against SLAPP Suits

By |2018-11-26T12:32:17-07:00November 1st, 2018|Categories: Cases, Current Cases|Tags: , , , , |

Current SLAPP Suits:

Resolute Forest Products and Kasowitz Law Firm SLAPP Stand.earth and other Environmental Organizations

On May 31, 2016 Resolute Forest Products filed a $300 million (CAD – Canadian dollars) lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia alleging violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt […]

October 2018

Victory for Valve Turners in Minnesota!

By |2018-10-10T10:50:52-07:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: Current Cases, Featured, News|Tags: , , , |

We are pleased to announce a victory in our Minnesota Valve Turner case! This trial was a rollercoaster with many twists and turns, but all three defendants were acquitted of their charges this morning in court. They were acquitted, not on the necessity defense, but because the prosecution could not meet the […]

September 2018

The Day the Valves Turned – Trial Approaching!

By |2018-09-26T15:33:37-07:00September 20th, 2018|Categories: Current Cases, Featured, News|Tags: , , , |

Starting on October 8, 2018, CLDC along with co-counsel, will be defending the Minnesota Valve Turners, Annette, Emily, and Ben by presenting the climate necessity defense to a Clearwater County jury.  We have been developing this cutting edge legal strategy with help from many other lawyers around the country for […]

August 2018

Necessity Defense Trial Date Set! October 8th-11th 2018

By |2018-09-20T10:54:12-07:00August 31st, 2018|Categories: Cases, Current Cases, Featured, Info, News|Tags: , , , , |

Lauren Regan is headed to Clearwater County MN, to argue the Necessity Defense along with co-counsel Tim Phillips of Minneapolis and Kelsey Skaggs, on behalf of brave Valve Turners, Emily and Annette Klapstein, and climate activist (and repeat CLDC client) Ben Joldersma. Two years ago they turned off 2 pipeline […]

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