USDA Rule Changes Could Spur Meat Industry Suits

Law360, New York (June 18, 2010, 12:54 PM EDT) -- New rules proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday aimed at boosting competition in the livestock and poultry markets will lead to a rash of bruising legal battles between meat packers and farmers, agriculture law experts say.

Under the proposed rules, a lawsuit under the Packers and Stockyards Act would not be quite so daunting to farmers, ranchers and their attorneys, experts say, creating the potential for increased litigation.

“In the first cut — it'll encourage lawyers to take cases from farmers. Right now...
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