Judge Joan N. Ericksen

Federal Judge Joan N. Ericksen last October held a 64-minute video hearing and then took the line speed case under advisement. Five months later, she has published a 68-page ruling to resume the speed limits on hog slaughter inspection lines.

Ericksen stayed her order in U.S. District Court for Minnesota
Continue Reading Judge rules line speeds for market hogs must be slowed, stays order for 90 days

The USDA by April 15 will ask a federal court in California to dismiss a second lawsuit filed to overturn the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS’s) new inspection system for market hogs. USDA earlier asked a federal court in Minnesota to toss a similar civil action.

In Minnesota, a
Continue Reading Federal court in California will hear oral arguments in USDA motion to dismiss swine lawsuit

A federal judge in St. Paul is scheduled, on Jan. 27, to consider the government’s motion to dismiss a last-ditch attempt to stop the modernization of swine inspection procedures.

Unions led by the United Food and Commercial Workers sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture Oct. 7, 2019, over the Food
Continue Reading Union challenge to new swine inspections for market hogs might be dismissed