Fed. Judge Orders Iowa to Pay Legal Fees in 'Ag Gag' Case

A federal judge last week awarded more than $181,000 in legal fees to lawyers who successfully fought an Iowa law that made it illegal to conduct an animal cruelty investigation by becoming an employee of the farm being investigated, The Washington Post reports. The Animal Legal Defense Fund and Iowa Citizens For Community Improvement sued the state over the law, instilled in 2012, on grounds the state was in violation of the constitutional right to free speech because of the ban. U.S. District Court Judge James Gritzner sided with the plaintiffs in the case, however, the state has appealed to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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