Requiring the Truth from SeaWorld

photo by Mark J. Palmer

Overview

Anderson et al vs. SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, Inc., in which International Marine Mammal Project serves an advisory role, challenges SeaWorld’s misleading and false advertising about the health and welfare of their captive orcas. This lawsuit was originally filed in the Superior Court of the State of California for the City and County of San Francisco in April 2015. SeaWorld removed the case to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in May 2015. SeaWorld has made numerous attempts to dispose of this lawsuit but the plaintiffs have repeatedly prevailed and trial is now set for April 27, 2020. Stay tuned!

Significant Developments

August 30, 2019: Case Update

Court denies SeaWorld's motion for judgment on the pleadings but grants SeaWorld's motion for a bifurcated trial.

July 9, 2019: Case Update

Trial date is delayed to April 27, 2020.

June 11, 2018: Case Update

Trial is set for October 21, 2019.

June 6, 2018: Press Release 

Plaintiffs seek early trial date to reveal the truth about SeaWorld's captive orcas.

March 7, 2018: Press Release

Court denies SeaWorld's fourth attempt to terminate class action lawsuit.

February 27, 2018: In the News - The Recorder

Judge nixes SeaWorld's bid for sanctions against Covington & Burling in Killer Whale Case.

February 27, 2018: Case Update

Court denies SeaWorld's motion for sanctions finding that plaintiffs have sufficient basis for their claims.

February 20, 2018: Case Update 

Court denies the bulk of SeaWorld's motion for summary judgment and finds that plaintiffs may proceed with most claims in their third amended complaint.

January 30, 2017: Case Update

Court denies SeaWorld's motion to dismiss portions of plaintiffs' third amended complaint.

November 22, 2016: Case Update

Plaintiffs file third amended complaint.

November 7, 2016: Case Update

Court grants in part, and denies in part SeaWorld's motion to dismiss.

August 22, 2016: Case Update

Plaintiffs file second amended complaint.

August 1, 2016: Case Update

Court grants in part and denies in part SeaWorld's motion to dismiss.

May 14, 2015: Case Update

Case removed to United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

May 11, 2015: Case Update

Plaintiffs file first amended complaint.

April 14, 2015: In the News - The Guardian

Latest SeaWorld lawsuit demands park end "false statements" on orca welfare.

April 13, 2015: Case Update

Complaint filed in Superior Court of the State of California for the City and County of San Francisco

Project

International Marine Mammal Project

Attorneys

Christine Haskett, Covington & Burling LLP

Focus Area

Animal Welfare