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Circus owners win $9M from ASPCA
Owners of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, said Friday that they will receive $9.3 million from the American Society for...
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Owners of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, said Friday that they will receive $9.3 million from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to settle part of a lawsuit the circus filed against the ASPCA and other animal-rights groups.
Feld Entertainment, which owns Ringling Bros., sued the ASPCA and the other groups in 2007 under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, contending the groups and their lawyers paid more than $190,000 to a former Ringling employee who had joined them in suing the circus company in 2000, alleging animal cruelty under the Endangered Species Act.
A federal court at the end of a six-week trial in 2009 ruled in the circus's favor, saying former employee Tom Rider was essentially a paid witness and not credible.
Friday's settlement only covers the ASPCA, not the other groups that were sued.