Court rules against Pebble in document case

Jul 31, 2013 -- 10:00am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A California appeals court panel has ruled that developers of the proposed Pebble Mine do not deserve special protections for buying insider documents about project opponents and using them to pursue a case with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. The Anchorage Daily News reports the decision allows a lawsuit against the Pebble Limited Partnership and others by the Renewable Resources Coalition to proceed. Pebble has acknowledged using information its lawyer bought from a former fundraiser for anti-Pebble efforts for an APOC complaint alleging that mine opponent Bob Gillam secretly funneled nearly $2 million into an initiative aimed at stopping the project. The complaint was ultimately settled. A lower court judge found Pebble justified in pursuing an APOC case with the information from the documents. The appeals court panel disagreed.

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