Many Animals Harmed in Catering Of New Film

February 27th, 2012

This Onion headline reminds me of a very witty line from an opinion out of the Western District of Pennsylvania last year.

To paraphrase the American Humane Association’s seal of approval, which is emblazoned during the end credits of all movies produced by the Screen Actors Guild, no patients were harmed during the attempted-opening of this methadone clinic. No injury, no benefit, no standing. The Plaintiff’s complaint recognizes this distinction. While praying for damages, the complaint sought “damages for the harm it experienced as a result of Defendant’s discriminatory practices,” (CompI. p 20.) (emphasis added). That is, the damages it¬†experienced, and not any damages to patients.