A federal judge has dismissed a civil lawsuit that claimed Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault and others interfered with the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Dakota Access claimed the company suffered losses because during demonstrations last year, the defendants tried to block employees and contractors from entering and exiting the pipeline construction site.
Archambault and Standing Rock Tribal Council member Dana Yellowfat were among several people who were sued by pipeline developer, Dakota Access LLC, for more than $75,000.
U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland’s ruling says “there is no plausible scenario” to calculate the losses. Hovland said Dakota Access failed to sustain its burden of proof.
The judge also said the court did not have jurisdiction over the case.
“Dakota Access cannot aggregate the alleged harm from all pipeline protesters in calculating the value of an injunction against individuals acting independently,” Hovland wrote.
We ask, what did they want anyway? Doubt it was the money. Some speculate simply testing juristiction.