LUBBOCK, Texas, Sept. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Summons have been served upon Ceres, Inc., Ford Foundation, Rockefellers Brothers Fund, Environmental Grantmakers Association, Generation Investment Management LLP, and other corporations in the civil lawsuit 5:16-cv-00211-C, Goldstein v. Climate Action Network et al, pending before the United States District Court of the Northern District of Texas. The lawsuit is based, in part, on the doctrine of "private attorneys general" in prosecuting violations under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations statute.
The lawsuit accuses the defendants of misappropriating tens of billions of dollars from public funds, and re-investing a large part of the misappropriated funds back into the allegedly illegal scheme. The lawsuit singles out defendant Ceres, Inc., claiming it intends to steal $36 Trillion of public money over the next 36 years. Workers and pensioners of California and New York are among the most vulnerable, but public funds and even private investments in other states are also in danger, according to the plaintiff.
The alleged criminal scheme has been running for decades, and thousands of scientists working in meteorology, atmospheric physics, oceanography, plant biology and other climate-related fields of research have been intimidated or even retaliated against, the complaint states. Thus, the complaint does not rely on the dubious doctrine "fraud is not speech," but alleges grave crimes.
Further, the lawsuit accuses the defendants of creating the political polarization around the climate issue, and claims that the enterprise set up and operated by the defendants and their allies has been intentionally degrading American scientific education and scientific research in order to advance its goals. It alleges that the defendants utilized a large network of corrupt officials, pseudo-scientists, media front groups, and "marketing accessories," all operating under complete control or undue influence of the defendants, to spread misinformation about the climate.
The complaint is being filed ahead of the expected class action lawsuits and criminal prosecutions against members of the alleged criminal enterprise, whose collective assets are likely to exceed $200 Billion.