The Eighth Circuit has affirmed a 2019 denial of Tofurky’s request for a preliminary injunction in a case challenging Missouri’s law that criminalizes representing a product as “meat that is not derived from harvested production livestock or poultry.”
Eighth Circuit Affirms Denial of Preliminary Injunction for Missouri Meat Labeling Law
PETA First Amendment Lawsuit Survives Motion to Dismiss
A Texas federal judge has denied Texas A&M’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by PETA alleging the University’s refusal to display ads placed by the nonprofit depicting dogs used in a research lab amounts to a violation of its First Amendment rights.
Iowa Legislation Would Prohibit Obtaining Samples or Recording at Agricultural Facilities
Iowa House Bill 775 would make it an aggravated misdemeanor, or a class D felony for a second or subsequent offense, to obtain agricultural samples on private property without authority or consent or to place or use “a camera or electronic surveillance device that records images or data while the device is on the private property of another person” without the right or authority to do so.
Cars, Dogs, and the Fourth Amendment
An article by Brian Gallini published in the Washington Law Review, “Suspects, Cars & Police Dogs: A Complicated Relationship,” examines the use of dogs in policing to justify automobile searches.
Labeling Restrictions and Free Speech
An article by Eryn Terry, “The Regulation of Commercial Speech: Can Alternative Meat Companies Have Their Beef and Speak It Too,” published in the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology law, explores the fight over labeling of plant-based and cultivated products.
First Circuit Upholds Puerto Rico Cockfighting Ban
The First Circuit has upheld a Puerto Rico law banning cockfighting, finding that the prohibition violates neither the Commerce Clause nor the First Amendment.
Upton’s and PBFA to Appeal Denial of Preliminary Injunction for Oklahoma Law
Upton’s Naturals Co. and the Plant Based Foods Association have said that they will appeal to the Tenth Circuit an order by a federal judge refusing to grant a preliminary injunction to block the enforcement of an Oklahoma law that bars plant-based foods being labeled with terms often used to refer to meat products, such as “burger.”
PETA Files Suit Over Rejected TAMU Advertisements
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has filed suit against the Vice President of Brand Development for Texas A&M University, Shane Hinckley, alleging that Hinckley rejected an advertisement of PETA’s for display on the local transit system and arguing that this rejection violated PETA’s First Amendment rights.
Tribe Cannot Block Keystone Pipeline Construction
A Montana federal judge has denied the Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s efforts to block construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline, writing that Plaintiffs failed to properly distinguish between the impacts of one section of the pipeline and those of the entire pipeline.
D.C. Circuit Revives Border Wall Challenge
A D.C. Circuit panel partially revived the North American Butterfly Association’s challenge to planned border wall construction on its property in Texas, allowing its Fifth Amendment claim to go forward.