CCA, coalition, seek preliminary injunction in COOL case

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), as part of a coalition of meat and livestock organizations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, filed a motion with the U.S. District Court yesterday seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent implementation of the recently amended U.S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulation pending resolution of the coalition lawsuit filed July 8.

The coalition lawsuit asks the court to strike down the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) May 23 revision to the COOL regulation while the preliminary injunction motion seeks to block implementation of the COOL regulation pending resolution of the lawsuit. Both the lawsuit and motion for a preliminary injunction were filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The coalition expects that the preliminary injunction motion, filed late Thursday, will be considered within weeks, although there is no specific timeline.

The CCA is confident that the motion will be successful as it more than meets all requirements set out under U.S. law. The preliminary injunction motion argues that if the May 23 rule were to be enforced as USDA plans to do in November, it would cause irreparable harm to the U.S. meat and livestock industry and is not in the public interest.