Case Law Index Sustainable Agriculture

January 1, 2002 – February 1, 2011

 

This index provides a comprehensive though not necessarily exhaustive compilation of reported and unreported federal and state court decisions involving Sustainable Agriculture that were decided between the dates listed above.  The cases are listed in reverse chronological order. The “Text” link goes to the freely available Google Scholar text of the opinion.  These listings are for educational purposes only, and are not a substitute for legal counsel.


 

FIRST CIRCUIT

Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance, Inc. v. Dep’t of Envtl. Mgmt., 585 F.3d 42 (1st Cir. 2009)(conservation measures, species protection)

Harvey v. Johanns, 494 F.3d 237 (1st Cir. 2007) (describing the use of synthetic products in organic food)

Mass. Indep. Certification, Inc. v. Johanns, 486 F.Supp. 2d 105 (D.Mass. 2007) (challenge to NOP certification requirements)  Text

Harvey v. Johanns, 462 F.Supp. 2d 69 (D.Me. 2006) (post-amendment utility of consent decree)  Text

Harvey v. Veneman, 396 F.3d 28 (1st Cir. 2005) (consistency of Act and final rule)  Text

Harvey v. Veneman, 222 F.R.D. 213 (D.Me. 2004) (parties’ proposed intervention in challenge to NOP)  Text

Harvey v. Veneman, 297 F.Supp. 2d 334 (D.Me. 2004) (consistency of Act and final rule)  Text

Harvey v. Veneman, No. Civ. 02-216-P-H, 2003 WL 22327171 (D.Me. Oct. 10, 2003) (Magistrate’s Decision – consistency of Act and final rule)


 

SECOND CIRCUIT

New York v. Gutierrez, No. 08-CV-2503, 2008 WL 5000493 (E.D. N.Y. Nov. 20, 2008) (flounder fishery)


 

THIRD CIRCUIT

Cochran v. Veneman, 252 F.Supp.2d 126 (M.D.Pa. 2003) (dairy checkoff assessment)  Text


 

FOURTH CIRCUIT

Hill v. Courter III, 344 F.Supp.2d 484 (E.D. Va. 2004) (abstention of federal court)  Text


 

SIXTH CIRCUIT

Lawson v. Dutch Heritage Farms, Inc., 502 F.Supp.2d 698 (N.D.Ohio 2007) (horse-drawn buggy rides and personal injury)  Text


 

EIGHTH CIRCUIT

In re Aurora Dairy Corp. Organic Milk Marketing & Sales Practice Litig., 621 F.3d 781 (8th Cir. 2010) (labeling of organic milk and the role of state laws under OFPA).


 

NINTH CIRCUIT

Jones v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., 912 F.Supp.2d 889 (N.D. Cal. 2012). (interplay of OFPA and state laws and labeling of the foods as “natural”).


 

D.C. CIRCUIT

Partlo v. Johanns, No. Civ.A.04-1462 CKK, Civ.A.04-1779 CKK, 2006 WL 1663380 (D. D.C. June 11, 2006) (organic, disaster assistance)  Text


 

AGENCY DECISIONS

In re Mass. Indep. Certification, Inc., OFPA Docket No. 03-0001, 2004 WL 909533 (USDA 2004) (certification challenge)


 

CALIFORNIA

Quesada v. Herb Thyme Farms, Inc., 166 Cal.Rptr.3d 346 (Cal. Ct. App. 2013), review granted 323 P.3d 1 (Cal. 2014). (whether OFPA preempts state consumer lawsuits regarding the labeling of products as “organic.”

Eder v. Dep’t of Fish & Game, 87 Cal.Rptr.3d 788 (Cal. Ct. App. 2009) (Dungeness crab permits)

Envtl. Prot. & Info. Ctr. v. Cal. Dep’t of Forestry & Fire Prot., 187 P.3d 888 (Cal. 2008) (sustained yield plan)  Text

Ctr. for Bio. Diversity, Inc. v. FPL Group, Inc., 83 Cal.Rptr.3d 588 (Cal. Ct. App. 2008) (Wind turbines killing birds)  Text


 

CONNECTICUT

Abrams v. Jones, No. CV0440010035, 2005 WL 1331232 (Conn. Super. Ct. May 11, 2005) (product liability, apple cider)

Messina v. Fifty Acres, L.L.C., No. CV020098591S, 2004 WL 945058 (Conn. Super. Ct. April 14, 2004) (farm stands and zoning)


 

HAWAI’I

Geiger v. Hawai’i County Planning Com’n, 125 P.3d 1060 (Table) (Hawai’i 2005) (zoning for agritourism)


 

MINNESOTA

State of Minnesota v. Hartmann, 700 N.W.2d 449 (Minn. Sup. Ct. 2005) (inspection of custom-processed meat)   Text


 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Carter v. Concord General Mut. Ins. Co., 924 A.2d 411 (N.H. 2007) (personal injury and hayrides)  Text


 

NEW JERSEY

N.J. Soc’y for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals v. N.J. Dep’t of Agric., 196 N.J. 366 (N.J. 2008) (domestic livestock)  Text

N.J. Soc’y for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals v. N. J. Dep’t of Agric., 2007 WL 486764 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Feb. 16, 2007) (humane treatment of livestock)

N.J. Farm Bureau v. Township of East Amwell, 882 A.2d 388 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. 2005) (zoning and agriculture district)   Text


 

OHIO

McGuire v. Jewett, No. 2006-T-0071, 2007 WL 1810529, (Ohio Ct. App. June 22, 2007) (horse-drawn wagon rides and personal injury)   Text

Burya v. Lake Metroparks Bd. of Park Comm’rs, No. 2005-L-015, 2006 WL 2798294 (Ohio Ct. App. Sept. 29, 2006) (hayrides and personal injury)  Text

McGuire v. Jewett, No. 2004-T-0018, 2005 WL 1940368 (Ohio Ct. App. Aug. 12, 2005) (horse-drawn wagon rides and personal injury)  Text


 

VERMONT

In re Amended Petition of UPC Vt. Wind, LLC, 969 A.2d 144 (Vt. 2009) (certificate of public good, wind generation facility)  Text