ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - SeaWorld is facing a class-action lawsuit over the treatment of its killer whales.
The park has been taking heat since the release of the “Blackfish” documentary in 2013.
The people behind the lawsuit want to represent anyone who has purchased tickets in the last four years.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a California grandmother who took her family to SeaWorld in 2011 and the tens of thousands of customers who visit the park.
It calls on SeaWorld to stop what it calls unfair business practices and refund customers’ money.
The 85-page federal lawsuit claims if tens of thousands of consumers knew about the treatment of SeaWorld’s orcas in captivity, they would not have bought tickets or memberships.
“We filed the lawsuit on behalf of the California grandmother who took her grandchildren to the park in San Diego and is now very upset she learned the truth about treatment of orcas,” said attorney Steve Berman.
The suit alleged the marine park empire is built on the backs of its performing orcas.
The suit calls for SeaWorld to refund customers’ money.
SeaWorld officials said in a statement that the lawsuit is publicity stunt because it was filed by attorneys who represent John Hargrove, a former SeaWorld trainer who wrote a book.
SeaWorld claims the lawsuit is Hargrove’s effort to gain more coverage.