Judge: Kansas must pay groups who challenged 'Ag-Gag' law

By KNSS Radio

A federal judge awarded on Wednesday nearly $176,300 in attorney fees and expenses to animal rights advocates who successfully challenged provisions in a Kansas law that banned the secret filming at slaughterhouses and other livestock facilities. 

U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil issued the award after finding earlier this year that the state’s “Ag-Gag” law unconstitutionally criminalized free speech. The judge ordered Kansas to pay $175,317 in attorneys fees and $980 in expenses to opposing counsel. 

The litigation was brought by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Center for Food Safety, Shy 38 Inc., and Hope Sanctuary.