Judicial:  Nutrition Program, Commercial Law

HEADSTART NURSERY, INC., & T AND C SUPPLIES, INC., Plaintiffs, v. JACK PALMERI, & MOTHER EARTH ORGANIC FARMS, LLC, Defendants., No. 18-CV-03285-NC, 2018 WL 4961664 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 12, 2018): 

This case arises out of an unpaid debt for watermelon seedlings grown by Plaintiffs and shipped to Defendants’ farm. Plaintiffs of Gilroy, California, are suppliers of transplants for use in commercial agriculture. Defendants own a 500-acre farm in Nevada. Id. at 5. Farm owner is a resident of Florida and company is incorporated in Florida. Plaintiff claims that it grew, sold, and shipped 500,000 watermelon transplants, valued at $203,049.55, to the farm in Nevada. No payment was tendered for the transplants. Interest of $92,254.65 had accrued on that debt as of March 31, 2018. Plaintiffs seek to enforce this debt by bringing five claims: restitution/unjust enrichment and conversion against both defendants; breach of contract against company; and promissory fraud and alter ego/veil piercing against farm owner.
Defendants moved to dismiss the complaint for lack of personal jurisdiction or, in the alternative, to transfer the case to a different venue (the District of Nevada). The Court found that it has personal jurisdiction over both defendants and that venue in the Northern District of California is proper, and therefore denied both motions.
W & H FOOD & GAS, INC., Plaintiff, v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Defendant., No. CV 17-11096, 2018 WL 4961531 (E.D. Mich. Oct. 15, 2018); Plaintiff initiated this lawsuit seeking de novo judicial review of the Food and Nutrition Service’s (“FNS”) decision to permanently disqualify Plaintiff from participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program). This matter is presently before the Court on Defendant United States of America’s (“Defendant”) summary judgment motion. Defendant’s motion for summary judgment is granted.
Regulatory:
30-Day Federal Register Notice: U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) ; U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will conduct a study Assessment of Mandatory SNAP E&T Programs to examine program features and administrative practices of mandatory State SNAP E&T programs. Section 17 [7 U.S.C. 2026] (a)(1) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended, provides general legislative authority for the planned data collection. It authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to enter into contracts with private institutions to undertake research that will help to improve the administration and effectiveness of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in delivering nutrition-related benefits. Info HERE