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Greenpeace Sues Dow Chemical and Sasol, Alleging Corporate Espionage

1:33 PM MST | December 6, 2010 | Nancy Seewald

Greenpeace has filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Washington alleging that Dow Chemical and Sasol engaged in corporate espionage against the environmental organization from 1998-2000. The suit alleges that Dow and Sasol, which was called Condea Vista at the time, along with the public relations firms Denzenhall Resources (Washington) and Ketchum (New York), hired private investigators from the now defunct firm Beckett Brown International (BBI) to steal “thousands of documents, intercept phone call records, trespass, and conduct unlawful surveillance and theft of confidential information related to Greenpeace’s public interest work.” 

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