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Litigation - Meadowsweet Dairy
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The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) is representing Meadowsweet Dairy, LLC and its managers Steve and Barb Smith in a series of administrative and civil court actions in response to an attempt by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYDAM) to enforce dairy regulations on this private entity. 

Status of the Case:   May 6, 2010 - Contempt charges dismissed

Plaintiffs (P):  Meadowsweet Dairy, LLC; Steven and Barbara Smith 

Defendants (D):  Patrick Hooker, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYDAM); Will Francis, Director of the Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services  

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Case Documents - Click here to access

Chronolog of proceedings:
Dec 13, 2007 - Complaint filed by Meadowsweet for declaratory judgment that NYDAM has no jurisdiction over the LLC
Dec 21, 2007 - Motion for preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order
Feb 19, 2008 - Motion to quash the warrant issued Dec. 14 2007

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Read the Press and Posts

Press Releases: 

Feb 22, 2010: FTCLDF Files Suit Against FDA over Raw Milk Ban

News Articles & Postings:

2010 May 6 - Victories - Contempt Charges Dismissed

2010 Mar 17 - Appellate Court Decision for Meadowsweet Dairy

2007 Dec 21- Meadowsweet Dairy Update