On Jan. 27, 2015, the Plaintiffs, Jason Abraham and Dr. Gregg Veneklasen, filed a petition for rehearing en banc in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. For the Plaintiffs to be seeking rehearing “en banc” simply means that the Plaintiffs would like for all of the active judges of the Fifth Circuit to rehear the case that was decided originally by the three-judge panel of Judges Jolly, Jones, and Africk (the Panel).
On Feb. 11, 2015, the Fifth Circuit requested that the American Quarter Horse Association file a response to the Plaintiffs’ petition. As requested, the AQHA filed its response on Feb. 23, 2015. In its response, the AQHA asserted that the Plaintiffs’ petition adds nothing new for the Fifth Circuit’s consideration but, rather, repackages arguments that the Panel properly considered and rejected, unjustly criticizes the Panel’s legal analysis, misstates the Panel’s holdings, and mischaracterizes authority in an attempt to support the Plaintiffs’ position.
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