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United States of America Ex rel. The Humane Society of the United States v. Hallmark Meat Packing Company, Westland Meat Company Inc. (Downed animal abuse/government fraud)


Federal court action under the False Claims Act alleging that Westland/Hallmark defrauded the federal government by violating the terms of its school lunch program contracts requiring the humane handling of animals. The lawsuit was the result of an investigation by The HSUS which exposed the facility's mistreatment of animals too sick or injured to walk and led to the largest meat recall in the nation's history.


 

Court or Agency: United States District Court for the Central District of California
Plaintiff(s): United States of America Ex rel. The Humane Society of the United States
Defendant: Hallmark Meat Packing Company, Westland Meat Company Inc.
HSUS Counsel: Peter J. Petersan, Leana Stormont
Outside Counsel: Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Status: In Briefing