WILD SHEEP FOUNDATION (WSF) WORLD HEADQUARTERS-Cody, Wyoming USA –  After a two-plus year delay, and despite a self-imposed deadline of June 16, 2010 by the chief judge to issue decisions on post trail motions in the GSC/O vs. FNAWS and ISHA lawsuit, there has been no ruling from the judge as of today.

On April 16, 2010 a status hearing was held in Birmingham, Alabama before Chief Judge Blackburn who replaced the trial judge, Judge Hopkins. Hopkins had recused herself several months after rendering her initial February, 2008 decision for unknown and undisclosed reasons. At the April status hearing, FNAWS, ISHA and GSC/O counsel argued their post trial motions before Chief Judge Blackburn who appeared very well read and versed on the trial proceedings and the post trial motions.20081001_WSFLOGO

Chief Judge Blackburn noted at the conclusion of the April 16th status hearing that she would render decisions “with two months.” On June 16th, plaintiff’s and defendant’s counsel were informed by the court clerk that Judge Blackburn would miss her self-imposed deadline as she was out of town but would rule Monday the 21st. By the afternoon of the 21st the parties were informed she would rule by the end of the week. Late June 25th WSF President Gray Thornton was advised by FNAWS and ISHA counsel that there would be no decision (on June 25) and no new date was offered. No ruling or new deadline date has been received to date.

During the April to June two-month period Judge Blackburn was considering her rulings, FNAWS and ISHA made an official settlement offer through counsel to GSC/O counsel of $900,000 cash and a proposed modification of the current permanent injunction recognizing GSC/O’s trademark claims but removing some of the onerous mandates which would hold FNAWS and ISHA liable for actions of others for which the Foundation and ISHA has no control. This offer was rejected by GSC/O.

During the recent Chapter and Affiliate Summit meeting held in Edmonton, Alberta, WSF Chairman Dan Boone briefed the assembled chapter and affiliate delegates on the rulings delay, FNAWS’ and ISHA’s June settlement offer and the Foundation’s disappointment in the ongoing court delays. “Neither the board or I feel GSC/O was damaged anywhere near the level imposed by the initial judgment. We made what we feel was a fair settlement offer as we want this sad saga over so we can all move forward for wild sheep” Dan Boone stated when addressing the delegates. “We are disappointed our offer was declined, we anxiously await the Judge’s rulings, and we hope this will come soon” Boone added.

The Wild Sheep Foundation, formerly the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, was founded in 1977 by sheep and mountain hunting enthusiasts and conservationists. With a membership of more than 10,000 worldwide and a chapter network in North America, WSF is the premier advocate for wild sheep, wild goats, other mountain wildlife, and their habitat. Since forming in 1977, the Wild Sheep Foundation has raised and expended more than $78 million on conservation, education and mission advocacy programs in North America, Europe and Asia. During the July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010 fiscal year, WSF raised and put on the ground more than $2.85 million in mission programs benefitting wild sheep, other mountain wildlife, their habitat and those who hunt and enjoy them.

For more information on WSF, the 2011 annual convention, WSF’s many conservation and education programs, or to join as a member, please visit www.wildsheepfoundation.org or contact them at 720 Allen Avenue, Cody, Wyoming 82414 USA. Telephone 307-527-6261. Email info@wildsheepfoundation.org.