Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Activists Who Spoofed Koch Industries
By Lauren Kelley, AlterNet
Posted on May 10, 2011, Printed on May 10, 2011
Sorry, Koch Industries. You lost this one:
A U.S. district court in Utah effectively shut down an effort by Koch Industries, the Kansas-based industrial conglomerate whose namesake brothers are vocal skeptics of global warming, to unmask a group of anonymous climate activists who spoofed the company in a mock press release last December.
The fake statement, posted to a hoax Web site similar to Koch Industries’ own, purported to be an awakening of sorts, in which the company admitted the error of its ways on climate change and committed to cease funding of groups seeking to undermine prevailing climate science.
Unamused, Koch sued for a variety of claims, including infringement of trademark, unfair competition and cybersquatting, among others. Koch had also sought to serve subpoenas on the company that hosted the sham website in order to obtain the identities of the activists.