In a Huffington Post opinion piece, Theodore J. Boutrous Jr, Global Co-Chair of the Litigation Group of the law firm at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, denounces the “growing trend of [fabricated] cases filed against corporations, claiming to be in defense of the environment or human rights, which are ultimately exposed as fraudulent.”
Boutrous notes that in recent years corporations have begun to challenge these baseless actions. It is “not only important, but vital, that American corporations fight fraudulent lawsuits” because when a business challenges false charges it brings important facts to light.
“Giving lawyers and activists a free pass to commit crimes and fraud in the name of a noble cause harms the very interests they claim to represent,” said Boutrous. “It perverts our judicial system… simply put: The ends to not justify the means.”