Vermont Judge Denies Motion for Preliminary Injunction in GMO Lawsuit

April 29, 2015

On April 27, U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss ruled against the Snack Food Association and other industry groups in our request for a preliminary injunction to block Act 120, Vermont's mandatory GMO labeling law that is set to take effect on July 1, 2016. The judge did however partially grant and partially deny the state's motion to dismiss the industry lawsuit.

"While we are pleased that the District Court found us likely to succeed on several of our claims, we are nevertheless disappointed by the court's ultimate decision to deny our Motion for Preliminary Injunction to block the implementation of the Vermont GMO labeling law - Act 120 – on grounds that the manufacturers had not yet shown a sufficient degree of harm.  We are reviewing this decision and considering our legal options.  Manufacturers are being harmed, and they are being harmed now.  Act 120 is unconstitutional and imposes burdensome new speech requirements on food manufacturers and retailers. It will also set the nation on a path toward a 50-state patchwork of GMO labeling policies that will be costly and confusing for consumers."

 

Resources for SFA Members

Final Vermont Labeling Regulations

Court Opinion on Preliminary Injunction