California High Court Reinstates State Claims Over Organic Labeling
(December 17, 2015, 10:57 AM EST) -- SAN FRANCISCO — State fraud claims over the labeling of herbs as organic when they come from both organic and non-organic farms are not preempted, the California Supreme Court ruled Dec. 3 in reversing an appellate panel’s decision (Michelle Quesada v. Herb Thyme Farms, Inc., No. S216305, Calif. Sup.; 2015 Cal. LEXIS 9481).
(Opinion available. Document #43-151218-022Z.)
Herb Thyme Farms Inc. is a large herb-growing operation with multiple farms throughout California. Most of its farms use conventional growing methods, but one of its farms uses organic...