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AKC judge files $1.8 million lawsuit against American Kennel Club President Dennis Sprung & American Toy Fox Terrier Club President (and judge) Roger Pritchard.


November 17, 2009 | TheDogPress Club News

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American Kennel Club/Dennis Sprung and Toy Fox Terrier Club/Roger Pritchard charged with collusion, corruption, libel, unfair trade practices, etc.


The lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court, is considered a landmark case in the sport of dogs.  Plaintiff is Barbara Quast, a member in good standing of the American Toy Fox Terrier Club.  Quast is an AKC judge (#59) and over the past 38 years, has been an officer of over a dozen national breed and kennel clubs. Her breeds have included Basenjis, Pointers, Weimaraners, and as of 2004, Toy Fox Terriers. Quast is a registered nurse, specializing in psychiatric and emergency room nursing.  Barbara Quast is active in missionary work for Valley Grace Community Church, organizing children’s group activities, working with pre-teens and young people, including driving and chaperoning on their annual mission trip to Mexico.


The lawsuit challenges Pritchard’s permitted, long-time use of the AKC trademark as part of his email address.  Sprung and Pritchard are charged with unfair trade practices (see how that affects judges) as well as defamation, libel, and severe emotional and professional damage.


Plaintiff's Attorney Of Record is Nancy Guttenberg, whose practice includes intellectual property and dog law among other areas.


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Footnote by Barbara (BJ) Andrews, Editor-In-Chief, November 18, 2009:
I avoid covering any story with which I am personally involved, thus absolving myself or TheDogPress from charges of biased reportage. Details and filing of the $1.8 million lawsuit were given to as the best way to accurately inform the most people.  We agreed to cover the case because history has shown it would have been covered-up even though it affects every person who breeds, shows dogs, or is a member of a dog club.


Toy Fox Terrier Club background, prior to November 14th 2009, I had never spoken or communicated with plaintiff Barbara Quast. I had no knowledge of the lawsuit until well after it was filed.  I do however have knowledge of the obstacles the club has faced since Rick Beauchamp asked me to support formation of the American Toy Fox Terrier Club in 1994. I have never sought office in the ATFTC but I offered to pay for a club newsletter. The offer was repeatedly declined and the club has continued to deprive members of information as it pertains to the breed and the board, voting for specialty judges, and moving the club forward. Update: as of November 2014, 5 years later, I agreed to run for Vice President but despite my best efforts to provide the few remaining members with a regular newsletter NOTHING HAS CHANGED.  Even as VP, I am outvoted and could not get a Newsletter going.  I communicated directly with the members through use of my company's mail server.  Although there is a website, members have restricted access and even board members admitted they can't find records or information.


Also in the interest of disclosure, I challenged the Toy Fox Terrier club election process and offered to pay for ballots to be sent and received by an independent CPA or auditing firm. Note: as of November 2014, NOTHING HAS CHANGED except that our balloting has been done by a parliamentarian hired by the previous (Pritchard) administration.  More than half of the current board also served on Pritchard's board and still control balloting and all club business.


I voted for Roger Pritchard because even though I knew him only as a judge I rarely saw, I believed he would salvage the club.  Instead, the problems have accelerated and in fact, the Toy Fox Terrier club suffered its first AKC reprimand under Roger's leadership.


Dog club politics trouble every club at some point. Despite your editor having personal affiliation with the ATFTC, TheDogPress agreed to cover the lawsuit because it is a precedent-setting legal action which therefore, affects everyone who breeds and/or shows dogs. 


Some dog publications curry favor by implying a special connection with AKC and that advertising in their publication will assure bigger wins and favorable nods from the AKC hierarchy. In certain instances, that may be true.  Some people claim close friendships with the leadership of AKC in order to aggrandize themselves, control and intimidate others, or gain more assignments. In certain instances, that may be true. claims none of the above. Whether through broadcast or print media, public knowledge makes corruption harder to accomplish.  We thought about the risks, consulted with our Advisory Board, and re-read The Constitution. We decided to cover this story.


At this time in our history, when Breed and Kennel clubs are failing across the country, losing valuable members is the last thing a dog club can afford.  Note: as of November 2014, dozens more kennel clubs have folded, most breed clubs are struggling, and dog show entries continue to decline.


The Quast Suit was filed as a result of personal damages inflicted by Roger Pritchard but as an ATFTC board member, AKC judge Barbara Quast also saw the damage inflicted on the club and to the Toy Fox Terrier breed. And so, with an unshakable obligation to the sport and to the ATFTC membership, most of whom were unaware of the behind-the-scenes politics, she took appropriate action.  We have done likewise in presenting this case to all breed club members and officers. We will do our best to keep you informed as the "dog club lawsuit" goes forward.



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