Thursday, May 28, 2009

Attorneys at Paw: Lawyers Helping Animals

Weil Gotchal and Manges LLP is a high powered law firm that is widely considered one of the preeminent legal practices in America. You're probably wondering what's this has to do with dogs? Everything. These buttoned up attorneys have been helping to expose some infamous (alleged) puppy mill dealers in Florida. Through the firm's work with the Humane Society of the United States, the lawyers won a victory on May 27th. The judge in the case ruled that the lawsuit against the Wizard of Claws and related businesses, Celebrity Kennels Inc., Dog Breeder Kennel, Inc. and Puppies For Sale, Inc., can proceed as a class action. This means the potential for a large damages award, and most importantly, an order to stop further sales of puppies. Moreover, the owners of the businesses must turn over business records and sit for depositions, which presumably will delve into the horrific practices of puppy mills.

"After years of reaping huge profits from the sale of sick and dying animals, the owners of this operation are finally going to have to answer for their actions," said Jonathan R. Lovvorn, vice president & chief counsel for animal protection litigation & research for The Humane Society of the United States. "The sad facts of this case are one more reminder of why consumers should never buy puppies from pet stores or over the Internet."

Weil Gotchal lawyers have been working on this case for several years and for free. Yes, folks, you read that correctly -- lawyers doing good and using their skills to help their community! Let's all put our paws together for the hard-working volunteers in the suits and ties! Thanks for helping raise awareness and exposing the horrors of puppy mills.

Remember, no matter what your job may be, you too can help animals.

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