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Animal groups agree to pay nearly $16M to Ringling

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Photo - FILE - This March 19, 2013 file photo shows a performer waving as elephants with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show walk in front of the Capitol in Washington on their way to the Verizon Center. The parent company of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus says it has received a nearly $16 million settlement from the Humane Society of the United States and other animal-rights groups that filed a frivolous lawsuit against them. The lawsuits in federal court in Washington have dragged on for more than a decade. In 2012, a judge said the case, alleging abusive treatment of elephants, was frivolous and forced the circus' owner, Vienna, Virginia-based Feld Entertainment, to spend millions in legal fees.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
FILE - This March 19, 2013 file photo shows a performer waving as elephants with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show walk in front of the Capitol in Washington on their way to the Verizon Center. The parent company of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus says it has received a nearly $16 million settlement from the Humane Society of the United States and other animal-rights groups that filed a frivolous lawsuit against them. The lawsuits in federal court in Washington have dragged on for more than a decade. In 2012, a judge said the case, alleging abusive treatment of elephants, was frivolous and forced the circus' owner, Vienna, Virginia-based Feld Entertainment, to spend millions in legal fees. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The parent company of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus says it has received a nearly $16 million settlement from the Humane Society of the United States and other animal-rights groups.

The settlement ends a decade-old lawsuit in which multiple animal-rights groups alleged the circus mistreated its elephants. In 2012, a judge said the complaint was frivolous and forced the circus' owner, Vienna, Virginia-based Feld Entertainment, to spend millions in legal fees.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals had already agreed separately to pay more than $9 million to settle.

Feld issued a statement saying Thursday's final settlement is a vindication of its practices.

The Humane Society says it settled because it didn't believe the court would address its core claims regarding elephant abuse.

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