Monday, Nov. 18,
2002, CropChoice news: The U.S. Court of Appeals
for the 6th Circuit last Friday granted a request for
stay which allows the pork checkoff program to continue
without interruption while the appeal is pending.
An Oct. 25 decision by a District Court in Michigan ruled
that the Pork Promotion, Research and Consumer Information
Act is unconstitutional and directed that the collection
of assessments and operation of the National Pork Board
cease by Nov. 24, 2002. However, the stay postpones implementation
of the Michigan decision and the pork checkoff program
will continue to operate and conduct operations as normal
during the pendency of the appeal. This stay was requested
by the Department of Justice on behalf of USDA.
In accordance with this court order, the pork promotion
and research program will remain in effect and pork producers
and importers must continue to pay pork checkoff assessments.
Producers and importers who fail to pay the assessment
may be subject to late payment charges and civil penalties.
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