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UPDATE: D.C. Circuit Clarifies Standard for Required Factual Disclosures

The D.C. Circuit issued its en banc opinion in American Meat Institute v. U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Court agreed with the panel's decision and specifically held that the test for assessing government mandates...more

US Supreme Court Denied Certiorari Regarding the Constitutionality of California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard

Today, the US Supreme Court denied certiorari regarding the constitutionality of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) in Rocky Mountain Farmers Union v. Corey. ...more

The Grapes of Wrath Part II - A Return to Horne

In June of last year, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Horne v. Department of Agriculture holding that California raisin handlers could assert a takings claim as an affirmative defense to an enforcement...more

Eighth Circuit Decides Case Involving 4-H Pig Show Ban

The Eighth Circuit upheld an injunction issued in favor of a 4-H member against the South Dakota State Extension Service to allow her to continue participating in livestock shows. The Court found that she would likely be...more

Anti-GMO Groups Ask Supreme Court To Reconsider Standing To Bring Declaratory Judgment Action Against GMO Patent Holder

Recently, a group of 73 organic and conventional farmers, seed businesses, and public advocacy groups petitioned the Supreme Court to review the Federal Circuit’s decision that the petitioners lack standing to pursue their...more

Seed of Patent Infringement Germinates Between Organic Farmers and Monsanto

In a significant legal decision with a connection to Vermont’s farming community, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed that organic farmers cannot obtain a judicial declaration to prevent...more

The Grapes of Wrath: U.S. Supreme Court Holds that Takings Claim Can be Raised as an Affirmative Defense to Enforcement Action...

In a unanimous opinion written by Justice Thomas, the Supreme Court held that California raisin handlers could assert a takings claim as an affirmative defense to an enforcement action filed by the United States. Horne v....more

Horne v. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Brief For The CATO Institute, National Federation Of Independent Business, Center For Constitutional Jurisprudence, And Reason...

Long-time California raisin farmers Marvin and Laura Horne have been forced to experience firsthand the costs that America’s regulatory state imposes on entrepreneurs, especially innovative members of the agriculture...more

Horne v. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Brief for the CATO Institute, et al., as Amici Curiae in Support of the Petitioner for Certiorari

Property owners should not be made to suffer a needless, Rube Goldberg-style litigation process to vindicate their constitutional rights. Yet that is exactly what the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeks to impose on...more

Animal Law Update

Animal Law Update article November 2010...more

Missouri Veterinary Medical Board v. Gray

Defendants' Sur-Reply to Petitioner's... Motion in Limine

The Missouri Veterinary Medical Board filed suit seeking to enjoin Brooke Gray from filing sharp enamel points from horses' teeth, which the Board argues constitutes the practice of veterinary medicine, which is a criminal...more

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