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Court Restores Lawsuit Against North Carolina "Ag-Gag" Law

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is resurrecting a lawsuit by animal-rights groups against a North Carolina law that discourages undercover investigations at farms and other workplaces. 

A federal judge had dismissed the suit.  But the appeals court ruled Tuesday People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals and other groups have alleged a reasonable fear that the law seeks to punish investigations that uncover illegal and unethical conduct. 
 
North Carolina is one of about a half-dozen states with laws targeting surreptitious recordings in agricultural settings.  Federal courts have struck down so-called "ag-gag" laws in Utah and Idaho in the past year as violations of free speech.