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Judge Refuses to Let Megaloads Roll

Posted on the 10 October 2013 by Earth First! Newswire @efjournal

Federal Judge B. Lynn Winmill denied a request by General Electric and the U.S. Forest Service to lift his injunction barring megaloads from U.S. Highway 12.

The corporation, through its subsidiary Resources Conservation Company International (RCCI), and the agency had asked the judge to reconsider his September 12 preliminary injunction against the massively oversized loads.

“The Court cannot find that RCCI has made a strong showing that it will prevail on appeal.  Moreover, any likely damages are monetary in nature and not irreparable.  Perhaps most importantly, staying the injunction will cause the very harm plaintiffs complain about in this lawsuit, harm the Court has found would be irreparable,” he wrote.

The company is expected to appeal his September 12 ruling to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Portland or Seattle.

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