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U.S. Court of Appeals Denies Motion For Rehearing In COOL Lawsuit

Oct. 31, 2014 — The United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA) said today that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has denied appellee's petitions for both a panel rehearing and a rehearing en banc in the country-of-origin labeling (COOL) lawsuit filed on July 8, 2013 by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), the American Meat Institute (AMI) and seven other plaintiffs against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Both orders were issued by the Court on October 31. USCA is a defendant-intervenor in the case.

USCA President Danni Beer, South Dakota, praised the court's decision. "We appreciate the court's diligence on this matter. Today's order is the fourth victory for COOL in the legal arena since this lawsuit began 15 months ago. This is not only a victory for COOL, but also for consumers who benefit from enhanced labeling information and for U.S. cattle producers who are able to differentiate their product. USCA believes it is time for the plaintiffs in this case to withdraw their lawsuit and end this continued waste of resources."

Editor's Note: This article is from USCA.