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The Public Justice Food Project uses strategically targeted litigation, coupled with basebuilding and storytelling, to address the structural and institutional inequities upon which our current food system is built and work toward a food system that is free from extraction and exploitation.

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  • September 7, 2021 Meat + Poultry: Hormel Foods deceptive advertising lawsuit sent to trial

    The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) can pursue claims of false advertising against Hormel Foods Corp., the US Court of Appeals – DC Circuit ruled on Sept. 2. The latest ruling sends the lawsuit to trial.

  • September 3, 2021 Reuters: D.C. appeals court empowers consumer nonprofits in Hormel false ad case

    The District of Columbia Court of Appeals just pinned a sheriff’s badge on consumer nonprofits itching to go after corporations engaged in deceptive advertising.

  • September 2, 2021 Appeals Court Sends Hormel “Natural Choice” Deceptive Advertising Case to Trial

    Today, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals issued a decision reviving the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s case against Hormel Foods’ “Natural Choice” advertising, and sending the matter to trial. The appeals court reversed a lower court’s ruling, finding that the Animal Legal Defense Fund has standing to pursue its false advertising claims against Hormel Foods, and that those claims are not displaced by federal animal products labeling laws. The lawsuit, filed in June 2016 together with Public Justice and the Richman Law Group, alleges Hormel is misleading consumers through the advertising of its Natural Choice brand of lunch meats and bacon, in violation of the D.C. Consumer Protection Procedures Act (DCCPPA).


“Public Justice has something to contribute — legal expertise — and asks how to partner in an equitable way with a level playing field, rather than through a top-down relationship.”

J Jordan, Policy Coordinator with Leadership Counsel for Justice & Accountability

Special thanks to the Greenbaum Foundation, Patagonia,
the Schmidt Family Foundation, Stray Dog Institute,
and others for their generous support of this work

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