Turtle Island Foods SPC d/b/a Tofurky Company v. Nikhil Soman as Director of the Arkansas Bureau of Standards


A federal court struck down an Arkansas law prohibiting producers of plant-based or cultivated meats from using terms like “beef,” “pork,” “roast,” and “sausage,” as unconstitutional. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas found that the Arkansas law unconstitutionally limited plaintiff Tofurky’s commercial free speech rights. The Court enjoined the state from using the law to prosecute Tofurky and other plant-based food companies. A federal judge in Louisiana made a similar ruling earlier this year that it is unconstitutional to prohibit the use of meat terminology on plant-based alternatives. Tofurky is represented in the litigation by James, Carter, & Priebe, LLP, the ACLU, the Good Food Institute, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

[To accompany Federal Court Litigation Update "Tofurky Prevails in Constitutional Challenge to Arkansas Meat-Labeling Censorship Law" from Brooks Animal Law Digest Issue No. 160.]