For immediate release - Wednesday, July 10, 2002.
Contact Bob Brammer - 515-281-6699.
Miller Comment on Smithfield Lawsuit
DES MOINES. Following
is a comment in response to the lawsuit filed
yesterday by Smithfield Foods Inc., the world's largest pork processor.
Smithfield filed suit in Federal District Court alleging that portions
of Iowa's law prohibiting packer control of pork production is unconstitutional.
Comment by Iowa
Attorney General Tom Miller:
"As always, we will vigorously defend the validity of the statute enacted
by the Legislature. Two successive General Assemblies took action to amend
and strengthen Iowa law regulating corporate farming. The purpose of the
law stated by the Legislature is to preserve free and private enterprise,
prevent monopoly, and protect consumers."
Click here for Smithfield lawsuit petition.
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Schechtman's February 5, 2002 Ruling in State of Iowa v. Smithfield foods,
Inc., and Prestage-Stoecker Farms, Ind., Iowa District Court for Humboldt
County, No. EQCV16629
Senate File 2309,
Seventy-ninth General Assembly
Memorandum in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment
Brief in Support of Resistance to Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment
Memorandum of Authorities in Resistance to Plaintiffs' Motion For Summary
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