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Energy Transfer Gets Partial Win in Pipeline Protest Lawsuit

March 31, 2020, 4:51 PM

Energy Transfer Partners LP won its bid to dismiss malicious prosecution, false arrest, and First Amendment claims in a lawsuit filed by protesters who were arrested at its Mariner East 2 pipeline in Pennsylvania, according to a federal court ruling.

Ellen and Elise Gerhart, Alex Lotorto, and Elizabeth Glunt alleged that the Pennsylvania State Police and Huntingdon County Sheriff’s Office had agreed with Energy Transfer and Sunoco Pipeline LP to “act as a private security force” and arrest anyone who approached the pipeline easement.

All four were arrested during protests in March and April 2016 and charged with disorderly conduct....

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