NewsPublic Affairs / December 5, 2017

Indiana Among States Challenging California Egg Law

The lawsuit was filed directly to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. It alleges that California's requirements violate the U.S. Constitution's interstate commerce clause.Agriculture, United States Supreme Court, eggs, interstate commerce clause2017-12-05T00:00:00-05:00
Indiana Among States Challenging California Egg Law

Indiana is among states asking the United States Supreme Court to block a California law requiring any eggs sold there to come from hens that have space to stretch out in their cages.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — More than a dozen states, including Indiana, have filed a lawsuit to block a California law that requires eggs sold in the state to come from hens that have space to stretch in their cages.

The lawsuit was filed directly to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. It alleges that California's requirements violate the U.S. Constitution's interstate commerce clause and are pre-empted by federal law.

A federal appeals court panel rejected a similar argument last year in a separate lawsuit from six states.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is spearheading the new lawsuit. He says it includes new data estimating California's egg law has cost consumers nationwide up to $350 million annually as a result of higher egg prices since it took effect in 2015

The plaintiff states are Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.

 

 

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