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Last Updated - September 5, 2012

Legal Action Filed Against CDFA on Behalf of California Dairy Families

On August 31, 2012, legal action was filed in Superior Court of California (San Bernardino County), stating that the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) failed to follow the law in refusing to bring California’s Class 4b price into better alignment with the prices being paid by cheese manufacturers around the country. The “Writ of Mandamus” was filed on behalf of Milk Producers Council, Dairy Farmers of America, Security Milk Producers Association and California Dairy Campaign.

The legal action stems from an administrative hearing held by CDFA on May 31-June 1, 2012. That hearing was held to consider changes to the formula used by CDFA to calculate California’s “Class 4b” monthly minimum price. The Class 4b price announced each month is the minimum price that must be paid for milk being sold to cheese manufacturers. California law requires CDFA to calculate prices that are in a “reasonable and sound economic relationship” with what comparable milk is sold for around the country.

bulletPress Release from Milk Producers Council (August 31, 2012)
bulletCourt Filing:  "Verified Petition for Issuance of a Writ of Mandamus" (August 31, 2012)
bulletCourt Filing:  "Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of the Verified Petition for Issuance of a Writ of Mandamus" (August 31, 2012)


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