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.



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

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

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)



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



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



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



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



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).



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”)  Text



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



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



Quesada v. Herb Thyme Farms, Inc., 166 Cal.Rptr.3d 346 (Cal. Ct. App. 2013)  Text, 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



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)



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



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



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



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



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



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