COOL Litigation Moves Forward
November 22, 2013

The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA), as a defendant-intervenor in the country of origin labeling (COOL) lawsuit, has been notified that oral arguments in the appeal of the denial of plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction have been scheduled for Jan. 9, 2014. 
Oral arguments will be heard by Chief Judge Garland, Circuit Judge Srinivasan and Senior Circuit Judge Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. 
Plaintiffs filed their lawsuit to block COOL on July 8 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction was denied on September 11. The nine plaintiffs subsequently filed an appeal of the court’s decision denying the preliminary injunction as well as a motion for an expedited hearing. On October 29, the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied plaintiffs’ motion for an expedited hearing. 
The COOL regulations will go into effect on November 23. 
Reprinted in part from Northern Ag Network