Emotional-distress damages for pet injury

by Walter Olson on December 5, 2013

Why the courts have properly kept a leash on them:

The article concludes that keeping emotion-based damages out of pet litigation is, ultimately, what is best for pets themselves. Adding new, uncertain liability to pet litigation would cause the price of pet welfare services and products prices to rise. If owners cannot afford to pay these higher costs, then many pets will not get the care they need.

[Phil Goldberg, Stanford Journal of Animal Law & Policy]