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RANCHER WINS LAWSUIT AGAINST CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY


Fifth generation Arizona cattleman, Jim Chilton, is awarded $100,000 in actual damages and $500,000 in punitive damages by a Tucson jury. It found that the Center for Biological Diversity had defamed Chilton and his ranching business by making "false and misleading" statements and posting misleading photos on the environmental group's website in an effort to deprive him of his 21,500 acres grazing allotment. Four current and former CBD employees, including executive director Kieran Suckling, were also found guilty in the suit. "They don't use science, they use scare tactics," Chilton said after the award. "They also use endangered species as surrogates to obtain their goals and to raise money." Chilton plans to donate all money left over after legal bills are paid to the Ariz. Cattle Growers Assoc.


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