Thursday, January 15, 2009

Pit-bull lawsuit set for July, judge says- Little Rock, AR

A judge Tuesday set a July 20 jury trial date for a group of dog owners and breeders who are challenging pit-bull bans in Jacksonville, Lonoke, North Little Rock and Beebe.

The trial of a lawsuit brought against the cities by Responsible Owners of Arkansas Dogs will be held before Chief U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes in Little Rock.

The lawsuit claims the breedspecific bans and restrictions are unconstitutional.

In the scheduling order, Holmes directed attorneys to have their discovery and witness lists completed by May 7 and to submit a status report by May 21 outlining any settlement prospects and the estimated time needed to try the case.

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