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Answering the Minerva Dairy questions at Overlawyered

May 01, 2018 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

If you aren’t already a regular reader of Overlawyered, you should check it out. Walter Olson does a magnificent job pointing out and explaining the seen and unseen costs of our legal system. Last week I was excited to see Overlawyered link to our Minerva Dairy lawsuit.* In the days that followed, the comments section … ...

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Opening brief filed in challenge to Wisconsin’s butter taste test

April 18, 2018 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

We filed our opening brief in the appeal to our challenge to Wisconsin’s irrational butter grading law. I have written about this case a number of times, but the essence of the case is that Wisconsin has adopted an irrational and protectionist scheme to keep out-of-state artisanal butters from entering the Wisconsin market.  In order … ...

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Court upholds Wisconsin’s irrational butter grading law

February 05, 2018 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

The court ruled against Minerva Dairy’s claims that the Wisconsin butter grading law violates the Constitution. … ...

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Court refuses to halt Wisconsin's anti-competitive law on butter … for now

August 18, 2017 | By WENCONG FA

Minerva Dairy is an Ohio-based dairy that has sold its delicious artisanal butter to satisfied consumers in all 50 states. Recently, however, Wisconsin began enforcing a law designed to insulate in-state butter makers from competition. The law prevents out-of-state butter makers from selling their butter in Wisconsin, unless they go through the cos ...

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Preliminary injunction sought against Wisconsin's artisanal butter ban

June 07, 2017 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

This morning PLF filed a motion for preliminary injunction in our challenge to Wisconsin’s artisanal butter ban. It has been nearly four months since Wisconsin first told our client, Minerva Dairy, that its Amish-churned butter was not welcome in the state. And, as near as we can tell, there’s little hope of regulatory reform coming fr ...

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Weekly litigation report — April 22, 2017

April 22, 2017 | By JAMES BURLING

Suit filed challenging Wisconsin’s illegal butter rule Briefing complete in challenge to California’s mining ban Opposition to California proposal to remove protection for homes Supreme Court requires return of seized property Oral argument held in Trinity Lutheran Suit filed challenging Wisconsin’s illegal butter rule We filed th ...

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Minerva Dairy challenges Wisconsin's anti-competitive artisanal butter ban

April 20, 2017 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

This morning, Minerva Dairy and its President, Adam Mueller, challenged a Wisconsin law that bans butter from being sold within Wisconsin if it hasn’t first been “graded.” Wisconsin’s law prevents butter makers outside of Wisconsin from selling their products in that state unless they first go through the arduous and cost pr ...