National Meat Association v. Harris
|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Nov 9, 2011
|Jan 23, 2012||9-0||Kagan||OT 2011|
Holding: The Federal Meat Inspection Act expressly preempts a California law regulating the treatment of non-ambulatory pigs at federally inspected slaughterhouses.
Plain English Holding: A California law regulating the treatment of livestock that cannot walk (and which requires, for example, that such animals be euthanized immediately and not used for food) is invalid because it is trumped, or “preempted,” by a federal law regulating the treatment of livestock at slaughterhouses.
Judgment: Reversed, 9-0, in an opinion by Justice Kagan on January 23, 2012.
- Recent opinions: In Plain English (Amy Howe)
- Opinion analysis: The Ninth Circuit, like hogs to the slaughter (Tom Goldstein)
- Argument recap: California slaughterhouse law under the knife (Tom Goldstein)
- Argument preview: Will “presumption against preemption” survive? (Tom Goldstein)
Briefs and Documents
Merits Briefs for the Petitioner
Amicus Briefs in Support of the Petitioner
- Brief for the American Association of Swine Veterinarians et al. in Support of Petitioner and for the Reveral of the Ninth Circuit’s Judgement
- Brief for the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America in Support of Petitioner
- Brief of the United States of American in Support of Petitioner
Merits Briefs for the Respondents
Amicus Briefs in Support of the Respondents
- Brief for Illinois et al.
- Brief for Public Citizen
- Brief for the ASPCA
- Brief for Tim Blackwell, D.V.M. and Kristie Mozzachio, D.V.M.
- Brief for Professors of Preemption Law