Bilus and Kline aid clients in asserting First Amendment right to protest the unethical treatment of circus animals
Alexander Bilus and Amy Kline, respectively an associate and partner in Saul Ewing’s Commercial Litigation Practice, secured a court ruling that allows Silvie Pomicter, an animal rights activist, and Last Chance for Animals, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit dedicated to eliminating animal exploitation, to protest at the Mohegan Sun Arena during the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus. Pomicter and Last Chance are protesting for the rights of elephants and other animals owned by the circus. The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and Saul Ewing LLP filed a lawsuit pro bono on April 15 asking the court to allow the protesters to demonstrate outside of the arena during the event without being confined to a barricaded “protest pen.” The judge has issued a preliminary injunction in favor of the protesters, allowing them to protest and distribute leaflets outside the protest pen.
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