Anna Guha, Susan Mary Jackson, Christy Ann Morgan, Plaintiffs, v. Cloughery Packing LLC dba Farmer John; Corcpork, Inc., a California Corporation; Corcpork LLC; and DOES 1-50, inclusive, Defendants

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Year Case Filed:  2007 Jurisdiction Level:  California Case File Num:  SCV240050 Defense Attorney:  Rachel K. Alexander; Howard S. Blum & L. Stephen Albright Drafting Attorney:  Corey A. Evans
Summary: 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.
Documents:  pbuscacorcpork_notice_entry_order_def_demurrer.pdf pbuscacorcpork_plaintiffs_second_am_complaint.pdf pbuscacorcpork_memo_points_author.pdf pbuscacorcpork_defendant_demurrer.pdf pbuscacorcpork_notice_hearing_demurrer.pdf

 

 

 

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