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HBO and AHA Sued for Wrongful Termination Over Alleged Horse Death Cover Up On “Luck”

January 24, 2013

HBO's short-lived television series Luck, starring Dustin Hoffman, was cancelled in last year, after the show was continually accused of the mistreatment of animals on set--during ten months of production, three horses were reportedly euthanized.

According to a recently filed Los Angeles, California lawsuit, that Costa Mesa-based attorney Howard has been watching develop, Barbara Casey, the former director of production in the American Humane Association's (AHA) television and film unit, is accusing the AHA of wrongful termination and retaliation, and claims that HBO and producer Stewart Productions aided and abetted in the alleged abuse of the horses and tried to cover up the horse safety violations during the show's filming.

Casey states in her wrongful termination lawsuit that after working for the AHA for thirteen years, she was wrongfully terminated after threatening to report HBO, Stewart Productions and the AHA to authorities for the mistreatment of animals. She also alleges in the lawsuit that Stewart Productions and HBO pressured the AHA into allowing them to violate the safety guidelines of the organization to save time and money.

The wrongful termination lawsuit claims that the animal abuses witnessed by the AHA include horses being sick or underweight and unsuited for the work that they were routinely used for, and horses being given drugs to perform. The production company and studio is also being accused of misidentifying horses so that the animal safety representatives, and/or the humane officers were not able to track the horses' medical histories and experience, and were therefore unable to properly judge whether they were suitable for work.

Casey also states in the lawsuit that she felt Stewart Productions and HBO wanted the AHA to end her employment so that the production on the show would not cost more, be more time consuming, or disrupted. Casey claims that it was against the law for the AHA to retaliate against her with wrongful termination for attempting to report criminal activity on the set of the television show.

In Costa Mesa, Buena Park, and Laguna Hills, California, contact Vincent Howard and our dedicated team of labor and employment professionals today, to help you in your wrongful termination and retaliation issue.

HBO Sued Over Alleged Horse Deaths Cover-Up on 'Luck', The Hollywood Reporter, January 2, 2013

'Luck' Lawsuit: HBO And AHA Sued Over Alleged Horse Deaths Cover-Up On Dustin Hoffman Drama, Huffington Post, January 2, 2013

Related Web Resources:

California Department of Industrial Relations, (DIR)

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