Ringling Bros. Wrangles $16M In Elephant Cruelty Settlement

Law360, New York (May 15, 2014, 2:41 PM EDT) -- The operator of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus reached a $15.75 million settlement on Thursday with animal rights groups that had accused the company of abusing its Asian elephants, marking the first time a private defendant has secured attorneys' fees under the Endangered Species Act.

The Humane Society of the United States, the Animal Welfare Institute and other animal rights groups involved in the case agreed to fork over the funds to Feld Entertainment Inc., which was seeking legal expenses for more than a decade of court battles over its treatment of endangered Asian elephants.

The suit was dismissed...

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