Court Decision On HISA Creates Chaos

By Bill Finley & Dan Ross The bombshell decision Friday out of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit that ruled that the Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) was unconstitutional has opened up a pandora's box of problems and had legal experts scrambling to make sense of the opinion and figure out what is the best path forward for HISA after a resounding setback in court. "We have a chaotic situation right now," said attorney Alan Foreman, an expert in equine law and the Chairman/CEO...

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Feds Skewer Fishman's Attempt to Avoid $13.5M Forfeiture

Federal prosecutors told a judge Friday that convicted veterinarian Seth Fishman's recent claim of illegality regarding the $13.5 million forfeiture imposed upon him "is predicated on a number of unfounded and easily disprovable presumptions." Fishman, who is currently imprisoned in Florida but appealing his 11-year sentence for two felony drug-supplying convictions in a decades-long international racehorse doping conspiracy, had stated in a Sept. 12 filing that the forfeiture order signed by the judge back on July 11 "is not authorized by statute and is therefore unlawful in its entirety." A...

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