Environmental group accuses US Dow, Sasol of spying

01 December 2010 23:39  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Environmental activist group Greenpeace has sued US producer Dow Chemical and South African company Sasol, accusing them of spying and stealing confidential information over a decade ago.

Dow on Wednesday would not comment on the lawsuit because it is about alleged events dating back 10 years. Also, the company has not been served with the lawsuit.

Sasol did not immediately respond to an email message requesting comment.

Greenpeace alleged that Dow and Sasol stole information from the group to disrupt its fundraising and protest campaigns.

From 1998-2000, Greenpeace participated in campaigns across the US, some of which targeted Sasol and Dow.

The companies then hired outside firms that - among other things - went through the group's trash and recycling bins, looking for documents, Greenpeace said. Other times, people were sent under cover to infiltrate Greenpeace meetings.

Greenpeace accused Dow and Sasol of trespassing, invasion of privacy and stealing trade secrets, among other allegations.

The group is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

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By: Al Greenwood
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