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Foie Gras Farmers And Restaurants File Lawsuit To Strike Down ‘Vague’ Ban In California

In the soap opera known as the 2012 California foie gras ban, comes yet another twist: a coalition of duck farmers and Los Angeles restaurant owners have filed a lawsuit against the recently implemented law, claiming that it is “unconstitutional, vague and interferes with federal commerce laws.”

The team, filing the suit in the US District Court in Los Angeles, also plans on filing a preliminary injunction, “freezing” the law’s effects until the suit is settled, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. (And everywhere in California, chefs mourning the foie gras ban rejoiced, kind of, because no one knows what the hell is going on with the law’s enforcement anymore.)

Taking a decidedly different (read: lawyerly) tack in the anti-ban argument, the lawsuit claims that the new law doesn’t clearly define what “force feeding” is, nor is it constitutional, since it interferes with the federal government’s power to regulate commerce between the US and foreign countries (the Canadian Association des Éleveurs de Canards et d’Oies du Québec is listed as a plaintiff, as well as the famed Hudson Valley Foie Gras farm and California’s Hot’s Restaurant Group.)

The office of the Attorney General of California had no comment, but we’re thinking that this is going to take a long effing time to resolve.

[SFGate.com via SF Grub Street]

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