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New featured column: "Pet plaintiffs"

In our newest Featured Column, senior editor Steve Malanga of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal has a warning:

In the wake of the tainted pet-food scandal, some pet owners, aided by trial lawyers and advocacy groups, are trying to achieve human-like status for their animals in our civil courts. If they succeed, it may become much more costly�and risky�to own a pet in America.

Steve's piece originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal, which had not long before run in its news pages an account of the controversy which seemed barely aware that there might be any principled or prudential reasons not to allow limitless damage claims over pet losses. More discussion at WSJ Law Blog here. For much more on the subject, see Overlawyered here, here, etc.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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