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Friday, May 16, 2014

The parent company of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus has received a nearly $16 million settlement from a number of animal-rights groups, including the Humane Society of the United States, ending a 14-year legal battle initiated over unproven allegations of mistreated elephants. "The fact that we could get dragged through this for 14 years ... I think it is very clearly a public vindication for our company that these people really misused the judicial system," Feld Entertainment said. The initial lawsuit was filed in 2000 by a former Ringling barn helper who was later found to have been paid at least $190,000 by the animal-rights groups that helped bring the suit, making him what the judge called "essentially a paid plaintiff" who lacked credibility and standing to sue.


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I've given to the ASPCA and the Humane Society but they will never see another dime from me. I have a real problem with this "ends justifies the means" crap that is way too prevalent these days. These organizations do important work but paying informants and plaintiff's is way over the line. I hope they learned a lesson but I doubt it.

#1 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-05-15 05:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

In these types of harassment lawsuits, I agree with loser pays. It's not a great idea in more legitimate cases but the use of the legal system to bludgeon has become too widespread.

#2 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-05-15 10:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

The folks at Ringling Brothers will need the 16 million and a boatload more cash to settle the lawsuits from the 9 acrobats seriously injured in the recent Providence. Rhode Island tragedy. Some of the girls may never walk again according to news reports. I would guess that the hospital bills are already more than 16 million.

#3 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-05-16 12:04 AM | Reply | Flag:

I am sure they have insurance for such accidents, Sammy.
But ideological harassment suits are another thing.

#4 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-05-16 12:53 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

There's one born every minute.

#5 | Posted by shirtsbyeric at 2014-05-16 10:18 AM | Reply | Flag:

There's one born every minute.

#5 | Posted by shirtsbyeric at 2014-05-16 10:18 AM | Reply | Flag:Misremembers who said what.

#6 | Posted by northguy3 at 2014-05-16 10:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

Just wish it was PETA they were taking to the cleaners.

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-17 02:52 AM | Reply | Flag:

My contempt and passionate, active hatred of PETA springs from this sort of crap.

#8 | Posted by USAF242 at 2014-05-17 06:43 AM | Reply | Flag:

and just to be clear for the dense, following PETA's lead will alienate a lot of people that otherwise support protection for animals.

#9 | Posted by USAF242 at 2014-05-17 06:44 AM | Reply | Flag:

Only 14 years? They should have hired the Exxon Valdez legal team.

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-05-17 04:18 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

**** I think if there was any mistreatment the Elephants would have spoken up and then they would have simply REFUSED to perform in The Ringling & Co Circuses again!

#11 | Posted by AntiCadillac at 2014-05-17 09:54 PM | Reply | Flag:


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