Ohio Dairy Loses Lawsuit Challenging Wisconsin Butter Law

Bruce Vielmetti reported yesterday at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online that, “Wisconsin’s ban on the sale of ungraded butter does not violate the rights of an Ohio dairy, a federal judge has ruled.

“U.S. District Judge James Peterson on Monday found the law ‘rationally related to Wisconsin’s legitimate interest in helping its citizens make informed butter purchases.’

“The decision came in a lawsuit filed last year in Madison federal court by Minerva Dairy, which had been selling its butter in Wisconsin until a complaint prompted state inspectors to stop the sales unless the butter was graded.”

Mr. Veilmetti noted that, “Minerva claimed the Wisconsin requirement was mere protectionism and an illegal interference with interstate commerce.”

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