The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) shows TV commercials of abandoned and abused cats and dogs, raising money off of the confusion that it’s a pet shelter umbrella group. (It doesn’t run a single pet shelter anywhere.) Maybe its commercials should instead show HSUS’s lawyers paying a racketeering settlement with their tails tucked between their legs.
On May 15th, news broke that HSUS and its co-defendants, including two HSUS employees, have agreed to pay $15.75 million to settle a long-fought lawsuit filed against them under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act—a law that’s been used to go after the mob.
The suit stems from litigation that animal rights activists, including an HSUS affiliate, pursued against the owner of the Ringling Bros. circus, Feld Entertainment. In that case, activists claimed that the circus was unlawfully harming elephants in its care, and their key witness was a former Feld handler.
However, as that case unfolded over a decade, a payment scheme was discovered going from plaintiffs and their lawyers to this witness. The court eventually threw out the lawsuit, finding that the witness was a “paid plaintiff” who was “not credible.” This paid witness even “lied” to the court.
Feld then filed suit under RICO, alleging bribery, illegal witness payments, and other torts. The ASPCAsettled in late 2012 for $9.3 million. And today, the other co-defendants have paid $15.75 million
“28. Plaintiffs [HSUS and two HSUS lawyers] are now required to defend themselves in the Feld Litigation without the benefit of the insurance that HSUS (and its affiliates) purchased from Defendant National Union to protect them.” […]“33. HSUS, Lovvorn, and Ockene are currently deprived of insurance coverage for which HSUS paid […]”
PD— Spread the WORD far and wide to anyone and everyone you know.
H$U$ AND CRONIES agreed to PAY OUT NEARLY 16MILLION ON RICO CHARGES RATHER THAN FINISHING THE Case against them to TRIAL….
Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
In 1970, Congress gave federal agents a new weapon to prosecute the Mafia: the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. RICO, as it is known, quickly became a lethal tool that allowed the feds to take down La Cosa Nostra across the nation.H$U$ SHOULD NEVER EVEN BE ALLOWED TO DRAFT ANY LAWS, PERIOD, MUCH LESS PASS LEGISLATION IN THE USA!!!Never, never, never ever rubber stamp ANY law written by HSUS or its cronies. NEVER.