Arnold Payne Update
Dallas Safari Club target of antitrust, disparagement claims
Safari operator claims in a lawsuit that global conservation group Dallas Safari Club excluded it from a major trade show, causing the operator to lose substantial income.
Dallas Business Journal
An African safari operator has turned the big guns on Dallas Safari Club Inc. with a lawsuit accusing the global hunting and conservation group of badmouthing it and conspiring to run it out of business.
Impala African Safaris LLC, based in Arizona, has sued the Dallas-based club on antitrust, civil rights, business disparagement and defamation claims in a lawsuit filed June 11 in U.S. District Court in Dallas.
According to the lawsuit obtained by the Dallas Business Journal, the African safaris operator claims the Dallas Safari Club has falsely alleged it was involved in the illegal purchase of land in the Save Conservancy of Zimbabwe and conducts unethical, illegal hunts, among other things.
Ben Carter, executive director of Dallas Safari Club, said there's no truth to Impala's claims.
"We deny those allegations vigorously and look forward to the opportunity to defend the Dallas Safari Club," Carter told the DBJ.
The suit claims Dallas Safari conspired with several of its international members to run Impala African Safaris out of business.
Among other claims, Impala alleges Dallas Safari excluded the company from its major convention and trade show attended by more than 30,000 people causing it to lose out on $170,000 a month of income since July 2012.
Dallas Safari Club target of antitrust, disparagement claims - Dallas Business Journal
Wow! Guess I'm going to have to keep an eye as this unfolds. Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't DSC a private organization ran by a board of directors? I see this as DSC protecting their association and values, if something/someone is proven to go against their principals then I can't see this taking too awful long to come to an end. IF he is suing for lost revenue of 170,000, I can't imagine how much he will be in the hole when/if he ends up with a loss in court...
Anyone still believe Arnold Payne is innocent? I hope DSC stands proud and wins in court! They should not have to allow anyone to exhibit at their show.
Impala African Safaris LLC were not involved with anyone who "illegally purchased land".
Originally Posted by Buff-Buster
But I can see where the confusion comes from.
I believe that any expressed concern in their regard was about the mere involvement with some folks who use other terms for the land transactions that took place.
Those "transactions" would not involve the word "sale" or "purchase" from what I understand.
Expropriation without payment seems to be what courts have said.
Some folks have just said forceable removal.
Oh well, just another confused journalist. Maybe the Court will help them work the story details out.
My thoughts exactly enysse.
Originally Posted by enysse
Especially if they are trying to protect their members. Does anyone know if SCI banned Impala as well?
Originally Posted by enysse
Yes, SCI finally banned Arnold Payne too.