A New Jersey court has ruled that an animal rights group cannot file a civil lawsuit against Huntingdon Life Sciences, a contract research organization in the U.S. and U.K. that has linkurl:long been the target;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/15730/ of militant animal rights group. Wednesday (Oct 31) a three-judge panel in the Appellate Division threw out a lawsuit filed by the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals charging Huntingdon with animal cruelty and negligent hiring and training of staff. The lawsuit stemmed from undercover videotapes. The judges ruled that the agency couldn't collect any of the research group's earnings from testing because the laboratory didn't cause the SPCA to suffer any losses. They also confirmed a trial court ruling that dismissed five remaining counts of a lawsuit against the lab. According to Newsday, the counts linkurl:alleged;http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newjersey/ny-bc-nj--animalextremists-1031oct31,0,6572141.story that lab workers' negligence hurt the animals needlessly. An NJSPCE spokesperson Matt Stanton...

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