No. 16-15469.

888 F.3d 418 (2018)

NARUTO, a Crested Macaque, by and through his Next Friends, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Inc., Plaintiff-Appellant, v. David John SLATER; Blurb, Inc., a Delaware corporation; Wildlife Personalities, Ltd., a United Kingdom private limited company, Defendants-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Filed April 23, 2018.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

David A. Schwarz (argued), Irell & Manella LLP, Los Angeles, California, for Plaintiff-Appellant.

Andrew J. Dhuey (argued), Berkeley, California, for Defendants-Appellees David John Slater and Wildlife Personalities, Ltd.

Angela Dunning (argued), Jacqueline B. Kort , Kyle C. Wong , Jessica Valenzuela Santamaria, Cooley LLP, Palo Alto, California, for Defendant-Appellee Blurb, Inc.

Justin Marceau , Denver, Colorado; Corey Page , San Francisco, California; for Amicus Curiae Agustin Fuentes.

Concurrence by Judge N.R. Smith.


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