Federal Court Refuses to Expedite Consideration of Pork Producers’ Motion in Legal Challenge to California’s Farmed Animal Confinement Law

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California denied a request by the Iowa Pork Producers (“Pork Producers”) to expedite consideration of their motion for injunctive relief seeking to prevent enforcement of California’s Proposition 12 (“Prop 12”). In pertinent part, Prop 12, which went into effect on January 1, 2022, prohibits the sale of pork from pigs who were denied adequate space or confined to a gestation crate. The court found that expedited treatment was not warranted, in part, because the Pork Producers' request for the court to “urgently prioritize” their motion was based on certain arguments that have been ripe for three years. The court did grant the Pork Producers’ request for transfer to the Central District of California, where a similar Prop 12 challenge is pending.