Category Archives: AQHA Cloning Lawsuit

Breaking News: Judge Grants Stay of AQHA Registration of Clones

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** Yesterday, Judge Mary Lou Robinson granted the American Quarter Horse Association’s Motion for Stay, allowing the AQHA to continue its practice of not registering clones, at least for the time being. Earlier this year, an Amarillo jury found that the AQHA rule banning registration of cloned horses violated state and federal antitrust laws.  The case is currently on appeal in the United States Court of Appeals fro the Fifth Circuit and the AQHA’s briefing to the court is… Read More →

October 25, 2013 Weekly Round Up

***This blog is not intended as a substitute for the advice of an attorney.***   A wide variety of ag law stories were in the news this week.  Here is a recap.   AQHA Seeks Delay in Registering Clones During Appeal:  The AQHA is seeking permission from a federal judge to delay in complying with an order to register cloned horses and their offspring pending a decision on the pending appeal.  In July, a jury found that the AQHA’s rules banning registration of cloned horses violated anti-trust laws. … Read More →

September 27, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** It has been a busy week for ag law-related stories in the news.  Here are recaps of some of the major stories this week. *  AQHA Files Appeal in Cloning Suit.  The American Quarter Horse Association filed its formal notice of appeal on Monday.  As you’ve previously read, this summer an Amarillo jury ruled against the AQHA, finding that its rules prohibit the registration of clones violate federal and state antitrust laws.  On August 22, Judge… Read More →

August 23, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** It was a busy week for ag law news.  Here are a few of the stories making headlines this week. *  This week Governor Perry announced his three appointees to the Texas Water Development Board.  The make-up of the Board changed after the passing of House Bill 4, which modified the board from 6 volunteer members to 3 members employed by the state.  Each member will be paid $150,000 per year.  Governor Perry’s appointees are Chairman Carols… Read More →

Breaking News: AQHA Ordered To Pay Nearly $900,000 In Attorney’s Fees

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** The American Quarter Horse Association has been ordered by Federal District Judge Mary Lou Robinson to pay $891,387 in attorney fees to the plaintiffs who successfully sued the AQHA for violating antitrust laws.  (To read more about the lawsuit, click here.) Generally, attorney fees are not recoverable under Texas law unless they are permitted by statute or by contract.  The federal antitrust statute that the jury found was violated by the AQHA provides that anyone “injured in… Read More →

August 16, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** Here are a few ag law items making the news this week.   * AQHA Case Update.  Many of you were interested in the blog post last week discussing the recent jury verdict against the American Quarter Horse Association’s ban on registration of cloned animals.  This week, the judge in that case entered an injunction that requires the AQHA to begin registering clones and their offspring.  The judge also considered the plaintiffs’ claim seeking to recover nearly $900,000 in attorney fees from… Read More →

Jury Finds AQHA Clone Ban Violates Antitrust Laws

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** Last week a federal jury found that an AQHA rule prohibiting registration of cloned horses violated state and federal antitrust laws.  The AQHA has announced that it will appeal this decision. The AQHA Rule REG 106.1 The AQHA is the world’s largest equine breed registry and membership organization, having more than 5 million registered horses and over 280,000 members.  The AQHA allows registration of quarter horses that are conceived by live cover, artificial insemination, and embryo transfer.  In 2004, however,… Read More →