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Police Department Faces Possible Liability for a “Slow Speed Chase” of a Loose Horse

Police departments and local governments often enjoy governmental immunity, which protects them from liability except in limited situations. In one interesting but tragic loose horse case, a Florida court held that governmental immunity might not protect a municipality. That case involved a loose horse on an unlit highway late at night. A police officer spotted the horse on the road and followed from his squad car, but without lights (apparently, the officer had decided that the lights might spook the horse and turned them off). This resulted in a “slow speed chase” of the horse in an apparent attempt to herd it near the highway median. Read More ›

Categories: Liability

The Unique Benefits of Hiring an Equine Law Practitioner

In January 2013, I spoke at a number of education programs on Equine Law. Attendees raised several questions, and some of them are shared on this blog.

Question

Has your equine law experience made a difference in specific cases where opposing counsel may have lacked similar experience? If so, how? Answer ›

Categories: Insurance, Sales/Disputes

Equine Professional Licensing and Certification

In January 2013, I was invited to New York City speak at a continuing legal education conference sponsored by the New York State Bar Association Committee on Animals and the Law. Below is a question posed by an attendee and my answer. This question relates to industry regulation and certification.

Question

Are professional horse trainers licensed, certified or accredited by any government agency or professional organization? What's the answer? ›

Categories: Regulatory

Pre-Sale Agreements Regarding Inspections and Testing

During a national teleconference on Equine Law in January 2013, I was asked: “Do you recommend pre-sale agreements regarding inspections and testing?”

Answer

Yes.  When I represent sellers in equine sale transactions, I prefer a contract that specifies that the buyer has received an opportunity to have the horse tested by veterinarians and equine professionals of the buyer's own choosing and at the buyer's sole expense.  Allowing, if not encouraging, the buyer to seek professional opinions on the horse can help break the chain of reliance on the seller.  What about a buyer-oriented contract? ›

Categories: Contracts, Sales/Disputes

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Julie Fershtman, author of our popular and prolific Equine Law Blog, was interviewed by the State Bar of Michigan. The interview, which called Fershtman "Lawyer-Blogger," discussed our Equine Law Blog. We truly believe that this blog is the nation's most active blog serving the equine industry on equine law topics, and we thank you for visiting it. Read more here.

Honors & Recognitions

Equine lawyer, Julie Fershtman, has received these prestigious equine industry awards from respected equine organizations:

"Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award" - American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Law Section Animal Law Committee

"Distinguished Service Award" - American Youth Horse Council

"Industry Service Award" - Michigan Equine Partnership

"Catalyst Award"- Michigan Horse Council

"Outstanding Achievement Award" - American Riding Instructors Association 

"Partner in Safety Award" - American Riding Instructors Association 

"Associate Service Award" - United Professional Horseman's Association

"National Partnership in Safety" Award" - Certified Horsemanship Association 

What our Equine Law Services can Provide

Handling breach of contract, fraud/ misrepresentation, commercial code, and other claims involving equine-related transactions including purchases/sales, leases, mare leases/foal transfers, and partnerships.

Litigating disputes in court or through alternative dispute resolution (arbitration, mediation, facilitation).

Defending equine/farm/equestrian industry professionals,  businesses, and associations in personal injury claims and lawsuits.

Drafting and negotiating contracts for boarding, training, sales, waivers/releases, leases, and numerous other equine-related transactions.

Representing and advising insurers on  coverage and policy language as well as litigation;

Advising equine industry clubs and associations regarding management, rules, bylaws, disputes, and regulations.

Representing some of the equine industry's top trainers, competitors, stables, and associations.

Counseling industry professionals, stable managers, and individual horse owners. 

THE NATION'S MOST SOUGHT-AFTER EQUINE LAW SPEAKER

Did you know Julie Fershtman has spoken at the American Horse Council Annual Meeting, Equine Affaire, Midwest Horse Fair, Equitana USA, US Dressage Federation Annual Meeting, North American Riding for the Handicapped (now PATH International) Annual Meeting, American Morgan Horse Association Annual Meeting, American Paint Horse Association Annual Meeting, US Pony Clubs, Inc.'s Annual Meeting, All-American Quarter Horse Congress, American Youth Horse Council Annual Meeting, American Riding Instructors Association Annual Meeting, CHA Annual Meeting, and numerous others? Consider signing her up for your convention. Contact Julie.

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