Case Law Index Animal Identification

July 7, 1975 – May 1, 2020

This index provides a comprehensive though not necessarily exhaustive compilation of reported and unreported federal and state court decisions involving Animal Identification 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.


Avid Identification Systems, Inc. v. Phillips Electronics North America Corp., 2007 WL 2901415 (E.D. Tex. 2007) (patent on RFID technology)


Nebraska Beef Producers Committee v. Nebraska Brand Committee, 287 F.Supp.3d 740 (D. Neb. 2018) (constitutionality of state branding law) Text

Crystal Imp. Corp. v. AVID Identification Sys., Inc., 582 F.Supp.2d 1166 (D. Minn. 2008) (trademark infringing on RFID technology)  Text

Crystal Import Corp. v. Avid Identification Sys., Inc., 2008 WL 2120998 (D. Minn. 2008) (patent on RFID technology)

Alien Tech. Corp. v. Intermec, Inc., 2008 WL 504527 (D. N.D. 2008) (patent on RFID technology)

Black Hills Packing Co. v. S. D. Stockgrowers Ass’n, 397 F.Supp. 622 (D. S.D. 1975) (delegation of authority under branding statute)  Text


In re Wallace, No. 11-21077-TLM, 2011 WL 5827623 (Bankr. D. Idaho Nov. 18, 2011) (ownership of bolus identification patent) Text

In re Wallace, No. 09-20496-TLM, 2011 WL 1230535 (D. Idaho 2011) (ownership of bolus identification patent)

In re Wallace, No. 09-20496-TLM, 2010 WL 378351 (Bankr. D. Idaho Jan. 26, 2010) (ownership of bolus identification patent)

Allflex USA, Inc. v. Avid Identification Sys., Inc., 2007 WL 2701331 (C.D. Cal. 2007) (patent on RFID technology)

Ranchers Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of Am. v. US Dep’t of Ag, 499 F.3d 1108 (C.D. Cal. 2007) (challenge under the Animal Health Protection Act)  Text

Trovan, Ltd. v. Pfizer, Inc., 2000 WL 709149 (C.D. Cal. 2000) (patent infringement on transponders)


Stanko v. Maher, 419 F.3d 1107 (10th Cir. 2005) (constitutionality of state brand inspector’s powers)  Text

Estate of Harris v. Harris, 218 F.3d 1140 (10th Cir. 2005) (brand is prima facie evidence of ownership)  Text


Humane Society of the United States v. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, 386 F. Supp.3d 34 (D.D.C. 2019) (APHIS inspection report exemptions from FOIA requests) Text

Mynette Technologies, Inc. v. U.S., 139 Fed.Cl. 336 (2018) (patent infringement on radio-frequency identification) Text

Avid Identification Sys., Inc. v. Crystal Import Corp., 603 F.3d 967 (Fed. Cl. 2010) (patent infringement on radio-frequency identification)  Text

Farm-To-Consumer Legal Defense Fund v. Vilsack, 636 F.Supp.2d 116 (D.D.C. 2009) (challenge to state animal identification system)  Text

Zanoni v. U.S. Dep’t of Agric., 605 F.Supp.2d 230 (D. D.C. 2009) (NAIS system exempt from FOIA requests)  Text


Jerrel v. State, Dept. of Natural Resources, 999 P.2d 138 (Alaska 2000) (failure to clearly mark livestock)  Text


Stambaugh v. Killian, 398 P.3d 574 (Ariz. 2017) (state statute prevents adopting or recording of identical brands) Text


State v. Carrier, 240 So.3d 852 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2018) (state statute prevents knowingly altering animal health documents)


Heritage Bank v. Kasson, 853 N.W.2d 868 (Neb. Ct. App. 2014) (brand is prima facie evidence of ownership and may be rebutted) Text


Billey v. N.D. Stockmen’s Ass’n, 579 N.W.2d 171 (N.D. 1998) (constitutionality of state branding law)  Text


Cont’l Grain Co. v. Brandenburg, 587 N.W.2d 196 (S.D. 1998) (branding law does not supersede the UCC)  Text


Wisconsin v. Miller, No. 08-CX-5 (Wis. Cir. Ct. Mar. 9, 2010) (religious exemption to animal ID program).