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Student who locked himself to bulldozer wants suit dismissed

April 12, 2018

GREELEY, Colorado (AP) — A Colorado State University student arrested after he locked himself to a bulldozer in protest at an oil and gas site in Greeley has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought against him by the oil company that owns the site.

The Greeley Tribune reports in a motion filed Wednesday by Jason Flores-Williams, the attorney representing Cullen Lobe against Extraction Oil and Gas claims the lawsuit against Lobe has had a “chilling effect” on his First Amendment right to freedom of speech, and includes testimony from 20 northern Colorado residents who make similar claims.

Lobe was arrested after the March 8 incident and has a criminal case working through Weld District Court in which he is charged with trespassing.

Extraction Oil and Gas filed its lawsuit March 9, and named Lobe and four others as defendants in the case.

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Information from: The Tribune of Greeley, Co, http://greeleytribune.com

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