Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A settlement was reached between the American Humane Association and one of its former employees who alleged she was wrongly fired for exposing horse abuse on the set of the defunct television series “Luck” that starred Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte.

Lawyers for Barbara Casey, the AHA’s former director of production, filed court papers with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis on Dec. 1 stating that the case was resolved. No terms were divulged.

Casey worked for the AHA for 13 years and was fired in January 2012, according to the lawsuit. She alleged horses used on the series — which ran for one season and centered around characters at a thoroughbred racetrack — were often drugged and that many sick, underweight animals were routinely used.

A horse named Outlaw Yodeler was died April 30, 2010; another, Marc’s Shaddow, died March 29, 2011; and a third, Hometrader, died the summer of 2011, the suit stated.

“AHA told its representatives not to document (Hometrader’s) death because he was killed during a summer hiatus from filming and therefore did not count,” the suit stated.

A fourth horse died just before the series was canceled in March 2012, according to the suit.

AHA’s film and television unit is funded through entertainment industry grants and the organization’s traditional end-of-film credit is, “No Animals Were Harmed,” the suit stated.

AHA attorneys stated in their court papers that Casey was fired “due to financial conditions” that included the closing and sale of one of its offices.

Casey also sued HBO and “Luck” producer Stewart Productions alleging they aided in an alleged horse abuse cover-up months before the series was removed from the air.

However, Casey dropped the part of the case against the network and the producers in February.

— City News Service

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