Marineland and Phil Demers Settle Decade-Long Legal Dispute Over Smooshi

Marineland and Phil Demers have settled their decade-long legal dispute ahead of the trial scheduled for October 2022. Marineland sued former employee turned whistleblower, Phil Demers, approximately $1.5 million in 2013 for an alleged plan to steal Smooshi the walrus, and Demers quickly countersued for defamation and abuse of process. As part of the settlement, Smooshi and her calf, Koyuk, will be rehomed as soon as reasonably possible.