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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

8th Circuit denies rehearing; DeCosters must serve jail time

It looks like Austin “Jack” DeCoster and son Peter DeCoster will both be wintering at the federal prison in Yankton, SD. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied petitions from the DeCosters who were both seeking a rehearing en banc or a rehearing by a three-judge panel. Only Chief Judge William Jay Riley and Judges… Continue Reading

Odds could favor DeCosters’ desire for review of egg sentence

As legal experts were predicting, the appellant attorney for Austin “Jack” DeCoster and Peter DeCoster got a deadline extension in his quest to obtain another review of the pair’s sentences in a case about the 2010 Salmonella outbreak linked to their eggs. Attorney Peter Keisler of the Washington D.C. firm of Sidley & Austin is representing… Continue Reading

Business Groups Support Appeal to Keep DeCosters Out of Prison

Sending food industry executives to jail for company food safety violations, even if they did not know about them, might seem a useful way to bring about more compliance, but corporate America is rising up to strike down the practice. Amicus briefs are pouring in from industry groups to support the appeal to the St. Louis-based U.S…. Continue Reading

DeCosters Cite 2010 Performance to Help Keep Them Out of Jail

As part of a campaign to keep their clients from serving any prison time, appellate attorneys for Austin (“Jack”) and Peter DeCoster are depicting the roles the former egg producers played in the 2010 Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak as marked by corporate responsibility and cooperation. The picture being painted stands in sharp contrast with the media… Continue Reading