articles and editorials
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
Lawsuit: MREA Violated U.S. Constitution The Milkweed, October 2006
Local Dairyman Sues
the Federal Government - Again Yuma Sun, October 15, 2006
Reveries Magazine, March 2006
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
Time with USDA Decision Yuma Sun, February 11, 2006
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
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
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.