US: TX ban on cloned horses sparks antitrust suit

A trial is set for a bizarre antitrust case surrounding a ban on cloned horses for membership in the American Quarter Horse Association, say reports. Jason Abraham and two of his companies filed a lawsuit against the AQHA in 2012 against the ban, claiming the restrictions violated antitrust law and are anticompetitive for owners of cloned horses. Plaintiffs Abraham & Veneklasen Joint Venture, Abraham Equine Inc. and Gregg Veneklasen claim the cloning ban prevents horses that cannot be registered with the organization from competing with those that are registered; further, the plaintiffs accuse the AQHA of abusing its monopoly to bar market entry. The trial is set for July 16.

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