X

Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
For nearly a decade, the self-professed “greatest show on earth” has had an elephant problem. It began in 2000, when a former elephant caretaker for Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey circus sued over the troupe’s alleged mistreatment of the animals. Tom Rider bore down on Ringling Bros. with the added muscle of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and other animal-rights groups. Now, the company that produces the circus is flipping the script. In a suit filed last week in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the circus’s owner, Feld Entertainment Inc., alleges that the ASPCA and others conspired to bribe Rider to press on with the case. According to Feld’s lawyer, Michelle Pardo of Fulbright & Jaworski, the groups have thrown Rider about $100,000 in grants and other perks over the past seven years. Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal’s Katherine Meyer, who represents Rider and the ASPCA, says the groups have paid Rider a modest salary to run a national media campaign on the elephant issue. “He’s an incredibly effective spokesman,” says Meyer.
Joe Palazzolo can be contacted at [email protected].

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]

 

ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.