CCA Statement on DC Appeals Court rehearing COOL case

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today vacated the March 28 ruling that had left in place a lower court’s denial of the preliminary injunction sought by the coalition of which CCA is a member. The requested preliminary injunction would block implementation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s May 2013 final rule on U.S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). The CCA is encouraged that the full Court will rehear the case in May. This is particularly significant as the rehearing was initiated by the Appellate Court itself and the case will be heard by all the judges on the Court, who will review the case law at the centre of the dispute.

The CCA will participate fully in the en banc process. Today’s development is another step in the ongoing battle over COOL. The cost of COOL to Canadian producers and industry is unacceptable and CCA will continue until a viable remedy is reached.

The CCA is part of a coalition of meat and livestock organizations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico that filed a lawsuit on July 8, 2013 seeking to strike down the USDA May 23 revision to the COOL regulation. As part of that lawsuit, on July 22, 2013, the coalition filed the Preliminary Injunction motion with the Court to block implementation of the COOL regulation prior to the resolution of the lawsuit. When that motion was denied, the CCA and its coalition partners sought an expedited appeal to U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to overturn this decision. The coalition’s PI motion argued that if the May 23 rule were to be enforced, it would cause irreparable harm to the U.S. meat and livestock industry and that the impacts are not in the public interest.

The American Meat Institute (AMI) is leading the litigation on behalf of the coalition. Click here to read their release on today’s development.


Gina Teel
Communications Manager
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
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