In late 1990, attorneys retained by a group of Humane Society of the United States board members drafted this 23-page class-action lawsuit against HSUS and its leaders, on behalf of the group’s members, the members of its Board of Directors, and the U.S. taxpayers.
The complaint was designed to recover $750,000 in damages for the HSUS chief executives’ “misconduct, deception, fraud, negligence, and dereliction of duty.”
The defendants included:
- HSUS president John Hoyt
- HSUS treasurer Paul Irwin
- HSUS board chairman K. William Wiseman
- HSUS board member Jack Lydman
- HSUS board member Coleman Burke
- HSUS board member O.J. Ramsey
This lawsuit was never actually filed. It was shared with HumaneWatch by a former HSUS board member.