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Dairy Regulation

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Cartel 1, Fairness 0 San Diego Union-Tribune, December 15, 2006

Dairy Industry Crushed Innovator Who Bested Price-Control System  The Washington Post, December 10, 2006

Sarah Farms' Lawsuit: MREA Violated U.S. Constitution  The Milkweed, October 2006

Local Dairyman Sues the Federal Government - Again  Yuma Sun, October 15, 2006

Hettinga Milk  Reveries Magazine, March 2006

Got Competition?  Chicago Tribune, February 25, 2006

He Sells Milk for Half the Price You Pay. The Feds Want to Stop Him. Why?  Chicago Tribune, February 19, 2006

Dairyman Biding Time with USDA Decision  Yuma Sun, February 11, 2006

Small Dairyman Shakes Up Milk Industry  Wall Street Journal, February 2, 2006


Appellants' Final Opening Brief  Hettinga and GH Dairy v. United States of America (September 20, 2011)

Appellants' Opening Brief  Hettinga and GH Dairy v. United States of America (July 6, 2011)

Petitioner's Merit Brief in Support of Petition Under 7 U.S.C. 608(15(A)  In Re: GH Dairy, Petitioner

Favorable Ruling in U.S. Court of Appeals  In an April 2009 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals reverses the dismissal of Sarah Farms' regulatory challenge in Hettinga v. U.S.


Al Ricciardi: A strong advocate for independent dairies and consumers against federal protection of large dairy interests

Al Ricciardi is one of a handful of attorneys nationally who understand the regulatory complexities facing independent milk producer-distributors and are leading the fight against needless and harmful federal control of small dairies.

At most dairy farms in this country, raw milk is shipped to manufacturers to be processed into bottled milk, ice cream, cheese and other dairy products. At the same time, true to the spirit of free enterprise, a few dozen independent, entrepreneurial U.S. "producer-distributors" have the ingenuity and resources to skip the middleman. They make the plastic bottles, milk the cows, bottle the milk, and truck the product to grocery stores. The results: a quality product, and lower costs to American families.

Understandably, that arrangement does not please the huge dairy companies and cooperatives that process and sell 90% of the dairy products that are available in Arizona stores. But hard to understand is why the U.S. Department of Agriculture and influential members of Congress choose to turn their backs on small business and the American consumer, siding instead with Big Dairy.

Recent pleadings and published articles (left) illustrate how one of our clients, Yuma-based Sarah Farms, is challenging the system, and how dairy giants and state and federal regulators are responding.