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Idaho To Pay Legal Fees In Farm Spying Lawsuit

Cows on a dairy farm
Charlie Litchfield
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Idaho must pay legal fees for a multi-year farm spying lawsuit.

Idaho must pay $260,000 to attorneys in a settlement between Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and various animal rights activists and civil rights groups.


The order was issued Friday by U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill who ruled Idaho’s ban on farm spying unconstitutional.


In 2014, Idaho lawmakers made it a crime to secretly videotape on farms, dairies and slaughterhouses. This came after the state’s dairy industry said their business was unfairly hurt when videos were released of cows being abused at a dairy.


The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with Winmill’s ruling, and now Idaho officials have until February 1 to approve their payment.


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