Public Justice Food Project

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).

Appeals Court Affirms Kansas Ag-Gag Law is Unconstitutional

Today the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit affirmed a ruling by a lower court striking down Kansas’s “Ag-Gag” law for violating the First Amendment. The lawsuit was filed in 2018 by a coalition of animal, environmental, and food safety advocacy groups challenging the law’s constitutionality.

Reuters: 8th Circuit revives challenge to Arkansas ag-gag law

A divided federal appeals court on Monday reinstated a First Amendment challenge by several advocacy organizations against Arkansas’ 2017 “ag-gag” law, which authorizes farms and other businesses to sue for as much as $5,000 per day if an undercover investigator surreptitiously records operations and shares…

Law360: 9th Circ. OKs USDA Win In Clash Over Ads To Eat More Beef

The Ninth Circuit affirmed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s summary judgment win against independent ranchers challenging assessments on cattle sales that fund industry groups’ pro-beef consumption advertisements, holding in a published opinion Tuesday the advertisements are government speech exempt from First Amendment scrutiny.