State & Local Issues - Non-economic Damages

AVMA position

AVMA legal brief

  • Vermont Supreme Court (PDF)
    The AVMA, along with the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association, filed this brief in the case of Goodby v. Vetpharm, before the Vermont Supreme Court, advocating against allowing recovery of non-economic damages for the loss or injury of a pet.

Other views

  • Resolution on animal liability and guardianship (American Legislative Exchange Council)
    This resolution of the American Legislative Exchange Council, adopted in August 2005, presents a rationale for opposing reclassification of animal owners as guardians and the recovery of non-economic damages for the loss or injury of a pet.
  • Non-economic damages – would it improve pet care? (Animal Health Institute)
    The Animal Health Institute presents answers to key questions concerning awarding of non-economic damages and the impact on pet care.

Analysis

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