Oral arguments in Sixth Circuit HISA case heard Wednesday

Columbus, OH – On Wednesday (Dec. 7), Thoroughbred Daily News reported on oral arguments made on the first day of the Sixth Circuit case in Cincinnati, OH.  The U.S. Trotting Association and Hanover Shoe Farms are among several plaintiffs in the case.

In the story, writer Daniel Ross reports, “The latest challenge to the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) was the first case before the three judges selected to weigh in on the law’s constitutionality Wednesday in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in Cincinnati.

“The plaintiffs comprise the state of Louisiana; Oklahoma and its racing commission, plus West Virginia and its racing commission. Three Oklahoma tracks-Remington Park, Will Rogers Downs, and Fair Meadows-are also plaintiffs, as are the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association, the U.S. Trotting Association, and Hanover Shoe Farms, a Pennsylvania Standardbred breeding entity.

“On the other side of the aisle are the United States of America, the HISA Authority, and six individuals acting in their official capacities for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

“Whether the brisk winter gloom that cloaked the austere courthouse in Downtown Cincinnati Wednesday morning was a good omen for the federal law, or a portent of further legal trouble ahead, is undecided for now, the three-judge panel offering no obvious tip of the hat as to which way it will rule as a body, though with some important clues as to their individual preferences.”

To read the complete story by Thoroughbred Daily News, click here.

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