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Eriksson v. Nunnink: Lessons for Equine Professionals

Eriksson v. Nunnink: Lessons for Equine Professionals

A California appellate court ruling this year, Eriksson v. Nunnink, has sparked concern among equine professionals over their potential liability for their clients’ personal injury and/or death. The defendant, Nunnink, ...
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5 Steps to Build a Better Emergency Contact Sheet for Your Boarding Stable

5 Steps to Build a Better Emergency Contact Sheet for Your Boarding Stable

If unexpected illness or injury occurs to a horse, a well written emergency information and contact sheet can provide some clarity as to the barn owner’s wishes for their horse. It also helps protect the barn owner if an ...
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Utah farrier and self-professed "horse-whisperer" Troy Mortensen returned Valiant to his owner gravely injured. The horse's death landed them on Judge Joe Brown's TV show.

Judge Joe Brown Justice

Utah farrier and self-professed "horse-whisperer" Troy Mortensen returned Valiant to his owner injured leading to their appearance on Judge Joe Brown after the horse's death. ...
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Transparency in Horse Sales

Transparency in Horse Sales

In 2006, with significant support from Jess Jackson, Kentucky passed a law making undisclosed dual agency unlawful. In 2010, Florida’s Department of Agriculture enacted regulations governing disclosure in horse sales....
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Veterinary Compounding Not under FDA

Court Rules Veterinary Compounding Not Under FDA Control

A Federal Judge ruled in favor of Franck's Pharmacy when he denied the Food and Drug Administration's petition for an injunction. Franck's is the compounding pharmacy responsible for a mistake that led to the death of 2...
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Eriksson v. Nunnink: Lessons for Equine Professionals

Court Rules for Horse Trainer in Wrongful Death Suit

A California judge has ruled a riding instructor was not negligent in the death of a student in 2006. Following lengthy litigation and an appeal, Judge Craig Reimer granted a Motion of Judgment relieving horse trainer K...
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Lawsuit Seeks Mindy Darst

Lawsuit Seeks Mindy Darst, Val Renihan Pony Up

Pony trainer Mindy Darst and hunter jumper trainer, Val Renihan, are being sued for allegedly making fraudulent claims, through their agent, in order to sell a lesser pony for $100,000 at the 2011 Pony Finals....
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Matt Martin and Debi Connor are being sued by Martin's former Georgia client for allegations of fraud.

Horse Trainers Martin, Connor Sued for Shady Sales Practices

Plaintiff Lynn Kassem, of Georgia, is also suing Florida horse agent and trainer Debi Connor. The suit claims ‘many’ of almost $1 million in horses purchased by Kassem, with Matt Martin’s help, came through Debi...
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Horse Boarding: A Meeting of the Minds

Horse Boarding: A Meeting of the Minds

Contracts regarding equine-related activities have their own peculiar clauses and covenants. Nevertheless, basic principles of contract law do apply when leasing a stall or boarding a horse at a horse facility....
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Are Efficient Equine Lawsuits Like... Unicorns?

Are Efficient Equine Lawsuits Like... Unicorns?

I am continually surprised at what horse people – owners, trainers, breeders, veterinarians – know and do not know about the equine litigation process and alternatives to equine lawsuits....
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Finding Your Best Equine Attorney

Finding Your Best Equine Lawyer

Equine law cases are kind of like the television show Survivor. In equine lawsuits, the challenge is to outwit, outlast, and out-finance your opponent. ,...
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Maria Borell Allegations of Animal Cruelty

Borells Have No Ownership Claim to 40+ Abandoned Horses: Judge

A Kentucky judge ruled Maria Borell and her father, Charles "Chuck" Borell, have no ownership claim to 42 horses abandoned in June....
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Kim Stewart is Spellbound

Spellbound is Homebound

Spellbound is headed home. It comes after a Maryland judge granted a motion filed by pony owner Maria Chungunco's for a temporary restraining order Wednesday. The public auction of the pony Spellbound was scheduled by hu...
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Gina Gregory and her family are being sued by the CA Attorney General for running scam charities that were supposed to benefit horses and military veterans.

Horse Rescue Bilked Donors out of $500K: California AG

California is seeking $500K from two fraudulent charities for rescue horses and veterans. The AG says its operated by Gina Gregory of Star Equestrians and family....
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FDA Action after 17 Horses Euthanized due to Poisoned Feed

Okeechobee, Florida A Florida court has permanently enjoined an animal feed manufacturer. It comes after 17 horses were euthanized due to the company's alleged misbranding and adulteration of pelleted horse feed. Th...
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17 Horses Euthanized Due to Contaminated Horse Feed: DOJ Suit

17 Horses Euthanized Due to Contaminated Horse Feed: Suit

The United States Department of Justice filed an enforcement action Wednesday against a Florida feed manufacturer to stop what it calls the adulteration and misbranding of medicated animal feeds....
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IRS Revokes Charity Status of Another Chance 4 Horses

IRS Revokes Charity Status of Another Chance 4 Horses

The IRS revoked the charity status of the purported horse rescue, Another Chance 4 Horses (AC4H), in Pennsylvania. The organization is operated by Christy Sheidy....
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Oregon Horse Sues Former Animal Abuser for $100K

Oregon Horse Sues Former Animal Abuser for $100K

An Oregon horse named Justice is suing his formerly abusive owner to recover costs of more than $100,000. The Animal Legal Defense Fund says, if successful, the suit would establish that animals have a legal right to sue...
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Oregon Horse Sues Former Animal Abuser for $100K

Oregon Judge Says WHOA to Horse's Lawsuit: Update

An Oregon judge dismissed a $100,000 lawsuit filed in the name of a formerly maltreated horse, finding that animals don't have the right to sue....
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Florida Horse Sales: Do You Know the Law?

Florida Horse Sales: Do You Know the Law?

Florida offers horse buyers additional protections when it comes to purchasing an equine. Do you know what a bill of sale must include in Florida? Do you know what information must be disclosed about the sale horse in Flo...
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