Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Big Top Turns Transparent to Defend Its Elephant Acts

Going to court is expensive, time consuming, and sometimes leads to negative publicity. The attorneys nearly always tell you not to comment publicly, which can lead to much frustration and tongue biting. That's why this story is so refreshingly unusual.

Often, nobody wins in court except the lawyers. But once in a while, taking on an adversary in court can be rewarding. The Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus thinks so. Its opponent was The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, who took a litigious gamble and lost.

After 12 years of litigation, ASPCA Friday agreed to a $9.3 million settlement to Feld Entertainment, parent company of the Ringling Brothers circus

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