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Australian AI case adjourned until March

THE unprecedented legal case launched by Bruce McHugh in Australia to overturn the ban on thoroughbred artificial insemination has been adjourned until March 17.

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The court case launched by Bruce McHugh could have enormous consequences if successful

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Justice Annabelle Bennett took first directions on the action on November 16 when the respondents - the Australian Jockey Club, Victoria Racing Club, Australian Racing Board and Racing Information Services Australia Pty Ltd - were asked to file and serve defences by February 16.

The Australian Jockey Club and Racing Information Services Australia Pty Ltd filed defences prior to February 16.

The parties have been directed by Justice Bennett to file an Agreed Statement of Factual Matters by March 16.

McHugh, a former major league bookmaker who now has significant breeding interests, argues that a ban on AI amounts to a restraint of trade and a breach of Australia's Trade Practices Act.

If successful, his federal court action could have potentially enormous consequences for the industry worldwide.

 

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