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October 27, 2017

Florida's Second District Court of Appeal recently affirmed, per curiam, a lower court ruling that Hendry County did not violate Florida's Sunshine Law.  Concerned neighbors brought suit praying for injunctive relief and a declaratory judgment that the County had held...

June 26, 2017

In a legal experiment, under "Desmond's Law," abused animals in Connecticut will now have a voice in court.  Judges are now authorized to appoint an approved volunteer advocate and an advocate can be requested by a prosecutor or defense counsel.  However, there is some...

April 25, 2017

The Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, one of the more influential circuit courts of appeal partly because of its role in regulatory review, has ruled that under the Lacey Act the Fish and Wildlife Service does not have the authority to regulate interstate...

July 21, 2016

A NIMBY battle is brewing in the tiny county of Hendry, Florida, population 39,000.  What don't the citizens of Hendry want in their backyard?  The usual landfill or power plant?  No, it’s a monkey farm that may soon house thousands of macaque monkeys and the citizens...

June 24, 2016

In 2014, Idaho lawmakers passed a statute -- known colloquially as the "ag-gag" law -- which imposed fines and jail time for activists who secretly film the operations of commercial farms.  In August 2015, U.S. District Court Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled the law u...

May 16, 2016

On May 12, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that an Evansville, Indiana, police officer forfeited his qualified immunity in an excessive-force suit in which a K-9 (canine) officer, Axel, was directed to find an alleged perpetrator.  However,...

April 15, 2016

Lola, a dachshund mix, died nine months after staying at a kennel.  Now, the Georgia Supreme Court must determine the value of the deceased pet.  Lola's owners, the Monyaks, want to recover the $67,000 in expenses spent on Lola over her lifetime and also have the jury...

February 15, 2016

A family from Alabama plans to sue Disney World after a snake fell from a tree and bit a boy, allegedly leading to the death of the boy's grandmother while the family was visiting Disney's Animal Kingdom.  The family's attorney, Matt Morgan, said the boy's grandmother...

February 15, 2016

Livy is a standard poodle and trained service animal.  A Pennsylvania-based organization called Canine Partners for Life placed her with Bruce Hicks, a paraplegic, in 2007.  She moved with him to Florida in 2009.  When he passed away in 2013, Hernando County Commission...

December 15, 2015

This is the most recent update in the story about a dog, Padi, who was to be euthanized after biting a small child on the ear, though this update affects dogs and owners throughout Florida.  Section 767.13 requires that a dog who bites a person and causes serious injur...

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