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HSUS paid an employee to lie about animal care. PAID THEM to LIE!!! I suppose I shouldn't be surprised... but ick!
The original case, filed under the Endangered Species Act, was thrown out for being considered frivolous, and the resulting lawsuit, covered under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), was filed because of the payments made to the plaintiff and the concealment of those payments.
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FELD.The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), along with their co-defendants, have paid Feld Entertainment, Inc., the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus, $15.75 million to settle cases stemming from a lawsuit they brought against Ringling Bros.® over the care of its Asian elephants. This historic settlement payment to Feld Entertainment ends nearly 14 years of litigation between the parties.
NAIA official Blog. Great news today: HSUS and several co-defendants have paid Feld Entertainment $15.75 million for their involvement in a “frivolous,” “vexatious,” “groundless and unreasonable” case brought against Feld Entertainment and to settle the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) case brought against them.