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Judge dismisses lawsuit brought on SeaWorld

Posted at 7:41 AM, Dec 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-29 07:41:23-05

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A federal judge in San Diego has dismissed a class-action lawsuit brought by SeaWorld patrons who claimed they were deceived about how the marine park treats orcas.

The federal judge last week said that the plaintiffs didn't meet the standard to bring the lawsuit on behalf of an entire class of patrons of SeaWorld parks in San Antonio, San Diego and Orlando.

The judge said the plaintiffs never showed that they had viewed any deceptive statements by SeaWorld before buying tickets.

SeaWorld has been in the crosshairs of animal rights activists, and experienced a drop in revenue, since the 2013 release of the documentary "Blackfish." The movie chronicled the case of Tilikum, a killer whale that caused the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010.

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