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Animal Group Wants Defamation Suit Over Tiger Welfare Nixed

Law360, Houston (January 9, 2017, 3:26 PM EST) -- The Animal League Defense Fund on Friday told a judge in Houston that it should, under a state free speech law, dismiss as baseless a defamation case brought against it by local restaurants Landry's Inc. and the Downtown Aquarium Inc. over comments made regarding the restaurant's treatment of four white Bengal tigers.

The ALDF told the court that it is clear Landry's filed its lawsuit as a retaliatory measure after it sent it a demand letter in September giving 60 days' notice that it planned to bring a suit against the restaurant alleging violations of the Endangered Species Act. The fund...

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