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Litigating Animal Law Disputes published

24th June 2009

Centre Fellow, Professor Joan Schaffner, has co-edited a recently released book published by the American Bar Association entitled: Litigating Animal Law Disputes: A Complete Guide for Lawyers.

The ABA describes the new book as a

comprehensive guide is for lawyers who may be unfamiliar with the various laws in the field of animal law and require a basic guide to handling these cases. The book covers every major aspect of private civil and criminal litigation of animal law disputes in the areas of tort, contract, property, insurance, and criminal law. In the fifteen chapters of this book, you’ll find valuable information and cases dealing with topics like personal injury and negligence, disputes over animal possession; wills and trusts involving animals; veterinary malpractice; insurance litigation; federal cases and Constitutional rights; animal ownership and land use rights; criminal cases; and more. There is even a chapter covering practical matters for lawyers handling animal cases, including fee agreements, discovery techniques, preparing your client, settlements and collecting judgments. The book also provides sample litigation documents, such as pleadings, discovery materials, expert information, and more. It’s the complete resource for any lawyer who, sooner or later, will deal with a case of animal law.