Akiva v. Chien et Chat, Inc.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed suit against Barkworks, a Southern California pet store chain, claiming the stores repeatedly engage in fraud and false advertising in an effort to conceal from customers that they source their puppies from abusive puppy mills.
ALDF v. Barham
ALDF filed a lawsuit against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and its secretary Robert Barham, arguing that he violated state law in granting a permit allowing Michael Sandlin to exhibit a male Siberian-Bengal tiger named Tony at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, La.
ALDF v. Cal Expo
ALDF filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court against the California State Exposition and Fairs (Cal Expo) and the University of California Board of Regents for illegally confining pregnant and nursing pigs in the Livestock Nursery Exhibit at the California State Fair.
ALDF v. Carter
ALDF and two other animal rights groups filed a lawsuit against the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and its director Robert Carter Jr. over the Department’s decision to waive state permit requirements for a controversial Greene County “penning” facility. In penning operations, wild foxes and coyotes are trapped so that packs of hunting dogs can be set loose on them in caged enclosures.
ALDF et al v. FDA
The Animal Legal Defense Fund and Center for Food Safety filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for withholding records related to the federal agency’s approval of the controversial animal feed additive ractopamine.
ALDF v. Gary R. Herbert
The Animal Legal Defense Fund, along with PETA, has filed the nation’s first lawsuit against ag gag legislation, taking Utah to court for infringing on the free speech rights of activists, investigators, and journalists by criminalizing undercover investigations at factory farms. Utah’s ag gag law aims to prevent animal advocates and law enforcement from collecting evidence of egregious and illegal abuse of animals on factory farms.
ALDF v. Hudson Valley Foie Gras
Hudson Valley Foie Gras, the largest foie gras producer in the nation, violated the federal Lanham Act and California’s False Advertising and Unfair Competition Laws by claiming to be “the Humane Choice” while using inhumane practices. The lawsuit marks the first time a humane competitor has used false advertising laws in a federal case alongside an animal protection group.
ALDF v. Lt Napa Partners
ALDF filed a lawsuit against Napa-based La Toque restaurant for violating the state ban on selling and distributing force-fed foie gras products. ALDF’s undercover investigations reveal that despite the state ban, La Toque routinely sells foie gras products derived from force-feeding birds to enlarge the birds’ liver (“foie gras”).
ALDF v. NYPD
Senator Tony Avella joined the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund at a press conference today announcing that ALDF has filed a petition with the New York Supreme Court asking the court to force the New York Police Department to turn over enforcement records regarding the city’s horse-drawn carriage industry.
ALDF v. New York Department of Agriculture and Markets
Animal Legal Defense Fund is suing the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets for violating state law. In addition to overwhelming evidence of animal cruelty issues, force-feeding damages the livers of the birds so badly it induces a disease known as hepatic lipidosis. By not declaring that foie gras comes from diseased animals, the Department is putting consumer health at risk.
ALDF v. USDA
ALDF, PETA, the Orca Network, and private citizens filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that challenges its decision to renew the Seaquarium’s federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) license, which allows Lolita the orca to remain captive.
ALDF v. FDA
The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit this week asking a federal court to compel the Food and Drug Administration to produce inspection reports of factory egg farms without censoring important information about the hen population and living conditions.
ALDF v. Vilsack
ALDF, three other animal rights groups, and several individual plaintiffs filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for violating the federal Poultry Products Inspection Act by allowing adulterated poultry-in the form of foie gras-to be sold to consumers.
Animal Place v. Cheung
Represented by ALDF, three non-profit animal sanctuaries filed a complaint in the Stanislaus County Superior Court, seeking justice for 50,000 hens who were abandoned in February 2012 by the owners of A&L Poultry, a Turlock egg production facility.
Center for Food Safety v. Lakey
ALDF is representing three plaintiffs in an effort to stop the abuses to chickens and the human health risks posed by the inhumane practices at the Waelder, Texas egg production facility of Cal-Maine Foods, the nation’s largest egg producer.
Compassion Over Killing v. FDA
ALDF and Compassion Over Killing filed a complaint in a federal district court in Oakland against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and Agriculture Marketing Service, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for failing to regulate animal welfare labeling on egg cartons.
Glover v. Mahrt
ALDF filed a class-action lawsuit against California egg producers Judy’s Family Farm Organic Eggs, owned by Petaluma Egg Farm, for false advertising.
Motion to Intervene in Suit Attempting to Overturn Foie Gras Ban
In 2012 foie gras industry plaintiffs filed a motion for a preliminary injunction, which would have suspended the foie gras ban for the duration of the litigation. The trial court denied the injunction, preserving the ban. Plaintiffs then appealed the trial court’s decision to deny the preliminary injunction, freezing the litigation at the trial level while this issue is resolved. Plaintiffs and State defendants have already submitted their briefs to the 9th Circuit. ALDF, along with a coalition of other animal protection organizations, is submitting an amicus curiae brief explaining why the trial court correctly denied the preliminary injunction. We are confident that the 9th Circuit will uphold the trial court’s decision on preliminary injunction, and keep the foie gras ban in effect while this litigation proceeds.
Palin v. Cuesta
ALDF represents Hillsborough County Florida residents suing to stop backyard slaughter, using landmark Florida “public nuisance” lawsuit.
Ray v. USDA
The Animal Legal Defense Fund, PETA, and two residents of Cumberland County, North Carolina appalled at the living conditions that they’ve witnessed for a bear named Ben and other animals at Jambbas Ranch Tours in Fayetteville filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture challenging its decision to renew Jambbas’ federal Animal Welfare Act license.
Stop Animal Exploitation Now v. Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc.
ALDF filed a complaint on behalf of Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN) against Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc., in the first-ever lawsuit against an animal research lab under California’s state cruelty law and Unfair Competition Law.