COURT GRANTS NMA INTERVENER STATUS
CA – NMA was
today granted the right be a party in Supreme Beef Processors v. USDA. Previously, NMA and four other trade
associations had acted as “friends of the court” or amici on behalf of
Supreme Beef. The decision to give NMA
“leave to intervene as appellee” addresses the motion that was filed by NMA
during the week prior to the oral argument in Austin, Texas. By granting the motion, the Appellate Court
has obligated itself to issue a complete substantive decision upholding or
overturning the ruling of the District Court which is now on appeal.
that the court declare the case moot, because Supreme Beef had gone
bankrupt. “With this decision, by
allowing NMA to intervene, the court eliminated the issue of mootness,” said
NMA Executive Director Rosemary Mucklow.
decision on the merits of the appeal is expected before the end of the year.
National Meat Association is a non-profit trade association
representing meat packers and processors, as well as equipment manufacturers and suppliers who provide
services to the meat industry. The association, with over 600 members
throughout the United States, includes membership in Canada, Australia and