Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Challenge to California’s Prop 12

The Ninth Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of a challenge brought by the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Pork Producers Council to California Proposition 12, a law prohibiting certain confinement methods used in animal agriculture. The court held that the complaint did not plausibly plead that Proposition 12 violates the dormant Commerce Clause by compelling out-of-state producers to change their operations to meet California standards, nor that it imposes excessive burdens on interstate commerce without advancing any legitimate local interest.