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.