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Ruling in Tiger Truck Stop case tossed
Aug. 30, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CDT
On Monday, a three-judge panel of the state's 1st Circuit Court of Appeal sent the matter back to state District Judge Mike Caldwell for another hearing. The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/mSOKZT ) the court ruled that Tiger Truck Stop Inc. in Grosse Tete and its owner, Michael Sandlin, deserve to be heard.
Caldwell's ruling in May came after the Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to have Tony, a Siberian-Bengal mix, removed from the Interstate 10 truck stop.
Only attorneys for the animal rights group and the state agency took part in the first hearing.
Caldwell later denied Sandlin's and Tiger Truck Stop's request for a new trial.
First Circuit Judges Edward "Jimmy" Gaidry, Michael McDonald and Jeff Hughes said Sandlin and the truck stop "were parties needed for just adjudication in this case."
The appellate court reversed Caldwell's denial of the new trial request, vacated his May ruling in favor of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and sent the matter back to him "for further proceedings."
Information from: The Advocate, http://www.2theadvocate.com