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Congress Blocks Slaughter of Horses in United States (Again)

The resumption of commercial horse slaughter in the United States was blocked on Friday, January 17, when President Obama signed a congressional budget bill that removed funding for USDA inspection of horse slaughter plants. This action...Show More Summary

10th Circuit Allows Horse Slaughter Plants to Commence Operations

In an order dated December 13, 2013, a copy of which can be downloaded here, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit denied an emergency motion for injunction pending appeal filed by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other animal rights groups. Show More Summary

Humane Society, et al File Appeal after Federal Judge Dismisses Horse Slaughter Suit

As discussed in this prior post, the Humane Society of the United States and a variety of other groups and individuals brought suit to permanently enjoin the slaughter of horses at two plants that had been granted Food Safety Inspection...Show More Summary

Federal Judge Rules Cannot Accept Bets from Texas

The United States District Court of the Western District of Texas (Austin Division) recently held that Churchill Downs subsidiary website,, is prohibited from accepting wagers from persons living in Texas. Churchill Downs...Show More Summary

Court Will Enter Injunction Forcing AQHA to Register Clones & Their Offspring

On August 12, 2013, an evidentiary hearing was held on Plaintiffs’ request for attorneys’ fees and for injunctive relief that would require the AQHA to register clones and their offspring. Following the hearing, U.S. District Judge Mary...Show More Summary

Federal Court Blocks Horse Slaughter at Two Plants

On August 2, 2013, judge Christina Armijo of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico in Albuquerque granted a 30-day temporary restraining order preventing the commencement of horse slaughter at two plants—Valley Meat Co. Show More Summary

Federal Jury Rules Against AQHA in Cloning Suit

Today, a 10-person jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Amarillo Division ruled that AQHA Rule REG106.1, which prohibits the registration of cloned horses and their offspring in AQHA’s breed registry, violates federal and state anti-trust laws. Show More Summary

Court Affirms Judgment Allowing Boarders to Move Horses Due to Stable Employee's Smoking in Barn

On July 18, 2013, the Austin Court of Appeals issued a memorandum opinion affirming in part a trail court judgment which held that a stable employees’ smoking while working in the barn was a material breach of the boarding agreement,...Show More Summary

Guest Post: Sixth Circuit Affirms $65 Million Plaintiffs' Judgment in Case Involving Fraudulent Mare-Leasing Scheme

The latest case featuring ClassicStar and GeoStar’s mare-leasing scheme featured the defendants leasing out mares they didn’t own and leasing less-valuable quarter horses and misrepresenting them to be Thoroughbred mares. On July 18, 2013, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a $65 million award to victims of the scheme. Show More Summary

Petition For Review Denied in Hilz v. Riedel

Today, the Supreme Court of Texas denied review in Hilz v. Riedel, a Fort Worth Court of Appeals decision reversing a summary judgment granted pursuant to Chapter 87 of the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code. As such, the Fort Worth...Show More Summary

Equine Law Webinar Archive Now Available

In case you missed our webinar entitled "Top Three Things that Cause Equine Litigation and How to Avoid Them," you can still view the entire archived webinar which can be accessed by following this link. If you did not previously register...Show More Summary

Cat Breeder Jim Smith Explains Evils of Texas Puppy Mill Bill In Response to Texas Tribune Article

Audrey White of the Texas Tribune authored this news story concerning the federal lawsuit over the Texas Puppy Mill Bill. The article reports that the Humane Society of the United States and the Texas Humane Legislation Network filed...Show More Summary

Kelly Hart to Host Free Equine Law Webinar

On December 6, 2012, we will be putting on a free equine law webinar for clients and potential clients involved in the horse industry. Details are below. Title: Top Three Things That Cause Equine Litigation & How to Avoid Them Date:Show More Summary

Fort Worth Court of Appeals Partially Reverses Final Judgment in Whitmire v. NCHA

Yesterday, the Fort Worth Court of Appeals reversed and rendered in part and affirmed in part the judgment of the 236 th District Court of Tarrant County, Texas in a memorandum opinion. In the underlying suit, the jury returned a verdict...Show More Summary

Texas "Puppy Mill Bill" Challenged in Federal Court

The constitutionality of the hotly-contested “Puppy Mill Bill” passed in the 2011 Texas Legislature has been challenged in a federal suit filed in Austin on October 1, 2012. A copy of the complaint can be downloaded here. The new law,...Show More Summary

Honky Tonk Prevails in Mechanical Bull Injury Case

Are your liability release contracts sufficient to sustain a successful motion for summary judgment? Texas courts generally hold releases of liability to fairly high standards. Release cases are very fact specific, and often come down to extremely technical points about the contents of the release document. Show More Summary

Supreme Court of Texas Denies Petition for Review in Young v. McKim

Last Friday, the Supreme Court of Texas denied Brenda Young’s petition for review. The 14 th Court of Appeals’ holding that Chapter 87 can immunize defendants against suits brought by independent contractors will stand. The Court’s notice...Show More Summary

Horse Business Found Liable for Unpaid Employment Taxes

Do you withhold payroll taxes from your farm help’s wages? A recent tax case illustrates the bad things than can happen when a horse business incorrectly calls its farm workers “independent contractors”, and fails to withhold payroll...Show More Summary

Divorce Case Illustrates Importance of Accurate Equine Valuation Methods at Trial

A Lubbock County district court held that approximately 130 head of horses it allocated to the husband in a divorce action were worth $520,000. The husband disagreed. The husband, Robert “Greg” Collier, objected to the court’s valuation at trial and in two separate appeals of the divorce decree. Show More Summary

Why Banning Horse Slaughter is Such a Terrible Idea

Author’s Note: This post is purely editorial in nature. The views expressed in this post are 100% mine. I have not canvassed my clients or the other members of my firm to get their take on horse slaughter, nor do I intend to do so. My...Show More Summary

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