Alabama among 12 states launching new legal challenge to California egg law

MGN Online Photo

The lawsuit claims California's requirements violate the U.S. Constitution's interstate commerce clause and are pre-empted by federal law.

Posted: Dec. 4, 2017 3:41 PM
Updated: Dec. 4, 2017 3:44 PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A dozen states want the U.S. Supreme Court to block a California law requiring any eggs sold there to come from hens that have space to stretch out in their cages.

The Missouri attorney general says a lawsuit will be filed Monday alleging California's law has cost consumers nationwide up to $350 million annually because of higher egg prices since it took effect in 2015.

The lawsuit claims California's requirements violate the U.S. Constitution's interstate commerce clause and are pre-empted by federal law.

A federal appeals court panel rejected similar claims last year in a separate case brought by six states. The Missouri attorney general says the new lawsuit is bolstered by an economic study.

Other plaintiffs are Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah and Wisconsin.

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

12/4/2017 11:59:45 AM (GMT -6:00)

Article Comments

Huntsville
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 46°
Florence
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 45°
Fayetteville
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 45°
Decatur
Clear
42° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 42°
Scottsboro
Clear
43° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 43°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

 

 

 

Community Events