Posts Tagged ‘Litigation’

Families who lost pets in food recall near settlement

June 6, 2008

Washington families who lost companions after last year’s major pet food recall are close to a settlement — and, finally, closure to a tragedy that killed more than 1,500 pets.

A judge granted initial approval Friday to a $24 million deal reached last month in which companies that made or sold contaminated food will pay pet owners for all costs related to the death or illness of their pets.

“We are kind of waiting for this to wrap up and for there to be closure,” said Cecily Mitchell, a Seattle resident involved in a class-action lawsuit against pet food manufacturer Menu Foods.

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Tainted pet food suit settled for $24 million

May 23, 2008
Menu Foods, other pet food makers and retailers involved in last year’s massive pet food recall will set up a $24 million cash fund to compensate pet owners, according to a proposed settlement filed Thursday in federal court.

The fund is expected to compensate thousands of pet owners in the U.S. and Canada who bought recalled pet foods made by Menu and 11 others. The products had a contaminated ingredient from China that sickened dogs and cats.

The $24 million is in addition to $8 million that pet food makers have already paid to pet owners. Legal fees and expenses, which haven’t been determined, will come out of the fund. The settlement, negotiated over the past seven months, would resolve more than 100 lawsuits by more than 250 plaintiffs brought in the U.S. and a dozen in Canada.

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Bush’s polar bear legal disaster

May 23, 2008

As expected, the U. S. Department of the Interior added the polar bear to the list of threatened species under the Endangered Species Act last week. Even with the Bush administration’s attempt to render the ruling toothless, this action will almost surely go down in history as the turning point in the global-warming debate.

The department concluded that the past and projected melting of sea ice in the Arctic poses an immediate threat to the polar bear’s habitat. It pointed to greenhouse-gas-induced climate change as a primary cause for the recession of the sea ice, and emphasized that oil and gas development in the Arctic isn’t the reason the polar bear is threatened.

Make no mistake, within a year or two, we can expect the polar bear to begin influencing everyday U. S. economic life.

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Driver kills dog, then sues owners for damage

May 12, 2008

The driver of a 1997 Honda Civic that struck and killed a dog near Cloquet is suing the dog’s owners for damage done to his vehicle.

Jeffery Ely was driving on the night of Jan. 4 when Fester, a miniature pinscher, squeezed past owner Nikki Munthe as she was letting in her other dog and ran out onto the road. Ely’s car struck Fester, killing the 13-pound dog instantly.

Now Ely is suing the Munthes for about $1,100 for damage to his car, time he had to take off from his two jobs to get the car repaired, and court fees.

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“Regardless Of Outcome, Landmark Trial Highlighted PETA’s Puppy-Killing”

April 15, 2008

Today the North Carolina Court of Appeals vacated the convictions of two PETA employees originally convicted of littering in a case involving nearly three dozen dogs and cats they killed while performing their duties at PETA. In response, David Martosko, the Director of Research at the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom, made the following statement:

“Regardless of the outcome, this criminal trial brought PETA’s disturbing animal-killing program into the light of day. Most PETA supporters had no idea that the group was killing thousands of adoptable animals every year, but PETA can’t keep its actions secret any longer. The facts in this case were undisputed: These employees took possession of nearly three dozen adoptable animals, including puppies and kittens, with the explicit promise that they would try to find them adoptive homes. They killed the animals just a few short hours later, and tossed the bodies in a dumpster that one of them had used on several other occasions for the same purpose.

“PETA killed 97 percent of the dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens it took in during 2006. If any other so-called animal protection group had such an abysmal record, PETA would be hitting the streets to protest it. This is a group that claims chickens and lab rats have a “right” to life, but its leaders think nothing of condemning thousands of pets to death out of sheer convenience. PETA raises over $30 million every year, which is more than enough to care for every animal it kills. If there’s a more hypocritical organization in America, I have yet to find it.

“PETA’s employees got off on a technicality, but the damage has been done. The public is giving PETA less and less money, and the group has had to turn to its millionaire celebrity donors to make up the shortfall. This will probably continue unless PETA cleans up its act and stops running a hypocritical angel-of-death program out of its Norfolk offices.”

Public records filed by PETA with the Virginia state government show that the group has killed 17,400 pets since 1998. Copies of these records can be viewed at http://www.PetaKillsAnimals.com.

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Also see THIS article and THAT article for more info.

I couldn’t immediately find a full statement from PETA about this online. How about you?

How do you sue a thieving bear who keeps helping himself to your honey?

March 26, 2008

Who do you think said this: “I tried to distract him with lights and music because I heard bears are afraid of that”?

No marks if you said it was Eeyore or Tigger speaking of Winnie-the-Pooh, nor if you said it was Mr Brown about Paddington Bear.

It was Zoran Kiseloski appearing recently as the chief prosecution witness in the case against a brown bear accused of stealing honey.

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