A D.C. federal judge has granted the Internal Revenue Service’s motion for summary judgment in a case brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center and National Immigration Law Center seeking records related to an immigration raid on a Tennessee slaughterhouse. The judge ruled that the records constitute tax return information and are thus exempt from disclosure.
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Federal Judge Blocks Access to IRS Documents Related to Slaughterhouse Immigration Raid
Tyson Seeks to Stay Remand of Workplace COVID-19 Gross Negligence Cases Pending Appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court on the Issue of Removal
Tyson Foods, Inc. has filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit seeking to stay the court’s mandate that gross negligence cases challenging Tyson’s workplace safety response to the COVID-19 pandemic should return to state court. Tyson is seeking the stay pending its petition for a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of sufficient circumstances for “federal-officer removal.” Tyson had attempted to remove the Iowa state court lawsuits for gross negligence and fraudulent misrepresentation in the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Eighth Circuit affirmed a U.S. district court judge’s decision that the cases should be litigated in state court where they were filed.
9th Circuit Revives Veterinarian Labor Trafficking Claims Against Idaho Dairy Farm
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned an Idaho federal judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit brought by several Mexican veterinarians against Idaho-based Funk Dairy and its leadership alleging that the company enticed the veterinarians to travel to Idaho and then, once they arrived, extorted them into doing menial work with threats of deportation.
Congress Considers Addressing Seafood Slavery and Illegal Fishing
House Bill 3075, the Illegal Fishing and Forced Labor Prevention Act, would address “seafood slavery and combat illegal, unreported, or unregulated fishing” by expanding the Seafood Import Monitoring Program to apply to all seafood and seafood products imported into the United States. The bill would also require additional data and labeling for such imports, require additional import audits, and require agencies to provide annual reports to Congress. Failure to comply with the standards would result in penalties such as denial of port privileges.
SEC Filing Divulges Open Antitrust Investigation into Pilgrim’s Pride Employment Practices
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has an ongoing antitrust investigation into the employment practices of Pilgrim’s Pride the country’s second-largest poultry company. According to Pilgrim’s most recent Securities and Exchange Commission 10-K filing, “On February 9, 2022, [Pilgrim’s] learned that the DOJ has opened a civil investigation into human resources antitrust matters. The Company plans to cooperate when a [Civil Investigative Demand] is issued.” The DOJ also reportedly is investigating Perdue Farms, the country’s fourth-largest chicken producer.