Judge dismisses suit alleging abuse at longtime San Jacinto dairy farm

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - An animal rights' group's lawsuit alleging abuse of dairy cows at a decades-old San Jacinto farm was thrown out Thursday, Dec. 10 by a Riverside County Superior Court judge, who determined the claims were groundless. ``Today's ruling confirmed what we already knew -- that the lawsuit was baseless, manufactured and false,'' defense attorney Stephen Larson said in response to Judge Irma Asberry's decision in the case against his client, Van Dam Family Farm. ``The Animal Legal Defense Fund had no grounds to persecute the Van Dam Family and their farm, which is one of the cleanest, safest and best-run dairy operations in California.'' The Animal Legal Defense Fund issued a statement saying it was ``disappointed that the court refused'' to permit the suit to proceed in the i
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