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Guha v. Corcpork (2007)

Plaintiff's Attorney:   Corey A. Evans

Defendant's Attorney:   Rachel K. Alexander; Howard S. Blum & L. Stephen Albright

3rd Party Amicus or Intervening Party:   ALDF

Topic: Pig confinement/humane slaughter

Case File #:   SCV240050

Jurisdiction:   California

Year Case Filed:   2007

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This case involves an action by plaintiffs, consumers who have eaten pork from defendant's company, against defendant pork-producers under California's anti-cruelty and unlawful business practices laws.  Specifically, plaintiffs allege that defendant's use of gestation crates for pregnant sows is illegal under California Penal Code Section 597t (a section that requires anyone who keeps an animal confined in an enclosed area must provide it with an adequate exercise area).  Thus, defendants' violation of 597t provides a predicate for violation under California's Business and Professions Code Section 17200, better known as the unlawful business or practice act. Further, plaintiffs contend that the Farmer John brand misleads reasonable consumers into believing that such pork products are produced in a humane fashion.  Farmer John's parent company, Hormel Foods, states in its annual report that it has a "zero tolerance" for the inhumane treatment of animals.

Below are the various pleading documents listed in chronological order by date of filing.


Notice of Entry of Order on Defendants' Demurrer (10/17/2007) (pdf file 152.81 KB)

Plaintiffs' Second Amended Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief (10/22/2007) (pdf file 67.19 KB)

Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Defendants' Demurrer to Plaintiffs' Second Amended Complaint (11/21/2007) (pdf file 1003.31 KB)

Defendants' Demurrer to Plaintiffs' Second Amended Complaint (11/21/2007 (pdf file 110.41 KB)

Notice of Hearing on Defendants' Demurrer to Plaintiffs' Second Amended Complaint (11/21/2007) (pdf file 105.11 KB)


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