The United States Cattlemen's Association said today that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has denied appellee's petitions for both a panel rehearing and a rehearing en banc in the country of origin labeling lawsuit filed on July 8, 2013, by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, the American Meat Institute, and seven other plaintiffs against the USDA.
Both orders were issued by the Court on Oct. 31. USCA is a defendant-intervenor in the case.
USCA President Danni Beer, South Dakota, praised the court's decision.
"We appreciate the court's diligence on this matter. Today's order is the fourth victory for COOL in the legal arena since this lawsuit began 15 months ago.
"This is not only a victory for COOL, but also for consumers who benefit from enhanced labeling information and for U.S. cattle producers who are able to differentiate their product. USCA believes it is time for the plaintiffs in this case to withdraw their lawsuit and end this continued waste of resources."