Current Cases

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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. The case was appealed to the 9th Circuit.

ALDF v. Chicago ACC
ALDF took the City of Chicago Animal Care and Control to court for failure to produce public documents on treatment of cats and dogs at their facility.

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. 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. Otter
ALDF and a coalition of organizations dedicated to civil liberties, animal protection, food safety, labor rights, and the environment, along with journalists, filed a federal lawsuit to overturn Idaho’s attempt to silence factory farm whistle-blowers.

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. The case is being appealed to the 9th Circuit.

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.

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.

Griggs v. Furry Babies
A group of consumers filed a lawsuit in LaSalle County Circuit Court against the Chicago pet store chain Furry Babies, Inc., claiming that the store sold sick puppies from puppy mills to unsuspecting consumers in violation of state consumer protection laws.

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.

NRDC v. NMFS
ALDF joined NRDC in suing the Federal Government for putting whales and dolphins in danger of being killed by sonar and active explosions throughout southern California and Hawaiian waters.

Palin v. Cuesta
ALDF represents Hillsborough County Florida residents suing to stop backyard slaughter, using landmark Florida “public nuisance” lawsuit.

Ray v Vilsack
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. UC Regents
ALDF joined Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN) in a lawsuit against the Regents of the University of California for failing to produce public records in violation of California state law.

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.

Thompson v Freilino
Animal Legal Defense Fund, Project Coyote take to courts to stop illegal gambling, shut down coyote hunt.

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