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Schumacher Furs Pays PETA’s Legal Fees

Written by PETA | January 29, 2008
A sign in the window of Schumacher Furs during a lawful protest against the cruelty of the fur industry
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You may remember that the good people over at Schumacher Furs saw fit to sue PETA when their store in downtown Portland was closed following regular protests by local activists and concerned citizens. There were a number of good reasons why the Schumachers didn’t have a leg to stand on with their lawsuit, such as the fact that the protests against the furriers weren’t even PETA demonstrations (not to mention that whole first amendment thing).

Well, last week, the judge in the case ordered Schumacher Furs to pay PETA more than $40,000 as reimbursement for legal fees incurred fighting the lawsuit (which he called “an extraordinary abuse of the litigation process”), and his statement in the ruling just about says it all:

“I find that awarding fees in this case will properly serve to deter putative plaintiffs from filing multimillion-dollar suits against nonprofit groups and private citizens engaged in First Amendment activities ….”

So there you have it—a victory for animals and for free speech all in one go. The cash is a nice bonus, too.


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  • Melinda Miller says:

    This makes me so freakin’ proud to live in Portland Oregon. This was all over the news here and NO ONE wanted to give Schumacher’s a new home to sell their bloody cruel wares….

  • Ben says:

    they’ve more or less summed up what they want to do to all beings with that sign. Sad disturbed people. tut

  • Shelley Klukiewicz says:

    Good for PETA I do think that aome peole that wear fur don’t really know the details of how it is obtained or they don’t want to. The fur retailers should be ashmamed of themselves I wonder if they go home to their children at night and tell them what they REALLY do for a living skin animals alive etc.

  • Michelle says:

    Good for PETA! Any organization that is proanimal I am profor! Animals are to be treated with love dignitykindness respect! They need their fur for their bodies we don’t! Michelle Southern CA

  • Erin says:

    I live in Portland and can’t tell you how happy I am that Schumachers is GONE GONE GONE! They deserve all the bad karma they get. Congrats PETA on a welldeserved victory.

  • Elinor says:

    This was a great victory for PETA. I was wondering was the lawsuit by the Schumachers brought under that crazy “animal terrorist” law that was snuck through congress at the end of last year? I would love to know how we can work to get that repealed!?

  • Michele says:

    Paul is that the only lame comeback you can think of?? PETA is not “taking” this company’s money it is getting REIMBURSED for money it had to spend on this ridiculous lawsuit. The money PETA had to spend defending itself was money that was not available to help animals. Thank goodness the judge did what was right! I would say that based on the judge’s comments he rocks!!

  • kelly says:

    go PETA! making the sale of fur less profitable is certainly the most direct way to reach the goal

  • Mark says:

    “It seems a little hypocritical to accept money earned from activities you consider disgusting.” What would Schumachers do with this money if it didn’t have to give it to PETA? Probably invest it in expanding its business. So there’s really no ethical conflict at all.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Jack I think for the month of February the PETA Files should ban any posts using the word hypocrite hypocritical or any of the various derivative misspellings. Is this the only derogatory word to be found in the antis’ lexicon?

  • kelly says:

    Interesting. A lot of the dog breeders pull the same stunts as these Schumachers. And say the same things. Of course many of these people are involved in the same lobbying groups so no surprise.

  • Maya, CVT says:

    That sign goes well with their attitude towards living beings.

  • Geoff says:

    Paul when someone sues a charity and they have to spend $40K defending themselves you’re damn well right they’re going to accept a courtordered reimbursement. It would be irresponsible not to mention just fucking stupid to turn down the cash. Money coming out of the pockets of animal abusers and going into the pockets of animal defenders a good thing. Obviously.

  • Courtney says:

    A Proud moment for sure. Its times like these when it really pays off to be a PETA member. Some times I get down when I see people walking around in fur I went to Toronto this weekend and almost collapsed when I saw so many fur coats it was like a stampede Paul yes it is taking “blood” money but its not for personal gain. That money from those bastards is going to help even more animals. This is a very significant win for us.

  • Peace to You says:

    This is very good news!

  • Paul says:

    All very well and congrats but are you now not taking money from a corporation you refused to buy stock from. It seems a little hypocritical to accept money earned from actiuvities you consider disgusting. Well done on the victory though it would be a bad world if non profit making organisations could be dragged to court.

  • FREE BURMA says:

    This is a great thing! and it’s very good for the animal abusing rascals to know that there is still some justice in this world!

  • Amar says:

    Shame on Schumacher Furs!

  • Kelley says:

    Ha Ha! And that was a nice sign they put in their own windowit always helps to remind the people picketing you WHY they are picketing you! Go Team!!