American Horse Protection Association, Inc. v. Lyng
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
812 F.2d 1 (D.C. Cir. 1987)
Congress enacted the Horse Protection Act (Act), 15 U.S.C. §§ 1821-31, in an effort to end the practice of soring, which involved the use of performance-training devices that injured show horses. Secretary of Agriculture Richard Lyng (Secretary) (defendant) promulgated implementing regulations that imposed civil and criminal penalties for the use of specific soring devices and, more broadly, any devices that caused or could reasonably be expected to cause soring. The notice of proposed rulemaking acknowledged that the results from ongoing studies might indicate a need to prohibit additional specific soring devices. After a major university completed a study that identified a number of devices not prohibited by existing regulations, the American Horse Protection Association, Inc. (Association) (plaintiff) petitioned the Secretary to amend the regulations to prohibit the use of the specific devices identified by the study. The Secretary denied the petition. The Association filed suit in federal district court, challenging the Secretary’s refusal to undertake new rulemaking to revise the soring regulations. The district court granted summary judgment to the Secretary. The Association appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Williams, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 175,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,000 briefs, keyed to 188 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.