Whale wars lawsuit in Seattle federal court

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SEATTLE (AP) -- The whale wars go to court Thursday in Seattle.

A federal court hearing is scheduled on a lawsuit filed by Japanese whale hunters against the Friday Harbor, Wash., based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Society President Paul Watson has led attacks shown on the "Whale Wars" reality TV show in which anti-whaling activists harass whaling ships.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/hOcf31 ) the whaling group, Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research, is represented by the Portland law firm Miller Nash. Sea Shepherd is represented by the Seattle firm Harris & Moure.

The whalers are seeking a court order against the activists while Sea Shepherd is asking U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones to dismiss the case.