Feb

    The Vermont Food-Labeling Lawsuit and the Frontiers of the First Amendment

    12 PM EST

    AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
    Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
    Constitutional Law Committee
    Environmental Disclosure Committee
    International Environmental and Resources Law Committee

    PRESENT:
    The Vermont Food-Labeling Lawsuit and the Frontiers of the First Amendment

    Friday, February 12, 2016
    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Eastern
    Via teleconference No CLE credit

    Dial-in information will be included in your registration confirmation e-mail.

    Program Overview:

    Set to go into effect on July 1, 2016, Vermont’s recently adopted statute (Act 120) relating to the labeling of food “produced with genetic engineering” has faced legal challenges brought by industry groups who claim that Vermont’s mandatory disclosure requirements infringe upon corporate free speech as protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.  In Grocery Manufacturers Association v. Sorrell, 102 F. Supp. 3d 583 (D. Vt. 2015), Chief Judge Christina Reiss of the District of Vermont denied the industry groups’ preliminary injunction to enjoin the enforcement of Act 120 but also denied the state’s motion to dismiss in part, allowing the case to proceed.  This decision is currently on appeal to the Second Circuit on an expedited track.  We will hear perspectives from a distinguished panel of legal experts who will discuss both sides of the First Amendment argument, the legal impacts of Act 120, and the impacts that Act 120, if upheld, will have on the food and agriculture industry.

    Presenter: George Kimbrell

    Senior Attorney, Center for Food Safety (Portland, OR).  George Kimbrell, Senior Attorney, Center for Food Safety (Portland, OR).  CFS is a nonprofit whose mission is to empower people, support farmers, and protect the earth from the harmful impacts of industrial agriculture.  A pillar of CFS’s mission is protecting the public’s right to know how their food is produced.

    Presenter: Richard Samp

    Chief Counsel, Washington Legal Foundation (Washington, DC).  WLF litigates in support of individual rights and the free-enterprise system and against excessive government regulation.

    Moderator: K. Russell (“Russ”) LaMotte

    Principal, Beveridge & Diamond (Washington, DC)

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    The Vermont Food-Labeling Lawsuit and the Frontiers of the First Amendment

    Event Details

    Format

    Teleconference

    Date

    Feb 12, 2016

    2016-02-12T12:00:00-05:00 2016-02-12T13:00:00-05:00 The Vermont Food-Labeling Lawsuit and the Frontiers of the First Amendment

    AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
    Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
    Constitutional Law Committee
    Environmental Disclosure Committee
    International Environmental and Resources Law Committee

    PRESENT:
    The Vermont Food-Labeling Lawsuit and the Frontiers of the First Amendment

    Friday, February 12, 2016
    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Eastern
    Via teleconference No CLE credit

    Dial-in information will be included in your registration confirmation e-mail.

    Program Overview:

    Set to go into effect on July 1, 2016, Vermont’s recently adopted statute (Act 120) relating to the labeling of food “produced with genetic engineering” has faced legal challenges brought by industry groups who claim that Vermont’s mandatory disclosure requirements infringe upon corporate free speech as protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.  In Grocery Manufacturers Association v. Sorrell, 102 F. Supp. 3d 583 (D. Vt. 2015), Chief Judge Christina Reiss of the District of Vermont denied the industry groups’ preliminary injunction to enjoin the enforcement of Act 120 but also denied the state’s motion to dismiss in part, allowing the case to proceed.  This decision is currently on appeal to the Second Circuit on an expedited track.  We will hear perspectives from a distinguished panel of legal experts who will discuss both sides of the First Amendment argument, the legal impacts of Act 120, and the impacts that Act 120, if upheld, will have on the food and agriculture industry.

    Presenter: George Kimbrell

    Senior Attorney, Center for Food Safety (Portland, OR).  George Kimbrell, Senior Attorney, Center for Food Safety (Portland, OR).  CFS is a nonprofit whose mission is to empower people, support farmers, and protect the earth from the harmful impacts of industrial agriculture.  A pillar of CFS’s mission is protecting the public’s right to know how their food is produced.

    Presenter: Richard Samp

    Chief Counsel, Washington Legal Foundation (Washington, DC).  WLF litigates in support of individual rights and the free-enterprise system and against excessive government regulation.

    Moderator: K. Russell (“Russ”) LaMotte

    Principal, Beveridge & Diamond (Washington, DC)

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    Constitutional Law

    Environmental Disclosure

    International Environmental and Resources Law

    Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

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