USDA Faces Major Litigation Threat As Sequester Kicks Off

Law360, New York (February 28, 2013, 8:35 PM EST) -- Industry groups are laying the groundwork to sue the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the event that the sequester furloughs food safety inspectors and shuts down plants, a dispute that attorneys say would touch off an unprecedented legal review of the agency's inspection obligations.

The Budget Control Act, also known as the sequester, calls for across-the-board cuts to federal agency budgets beginning on Friday. The Obama administration first warned on Feb. 8 that if Congress did not act to avert the sequester, the USDA's Food Safety...
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