Dissident Raisin Growers Prevail in Challenge to California Marketing Board
According to a news source, a California judge recently determined that the California Department of Food and Agriculture did not comply with statutory requirements when it created the state’s Raisin Marketing Board 15 years ago, agreeing with a challenge filed by dissident raisin growers and packers who have long complained about paying for marketing with which they did not agree. Superior Court Judge Raymond Cadei reportedly determined that the raisin industry did not prove that the industry was in crisis when the board was formed, stating, “[t]he record shows that there was no evidence of the kind of severe adverse economic conditions the Marketing Act was intended to address.” The court also ordered the board to repay the plaintiffs’ assessments, which could reach millions of dollars. Board officials have indicated they will explore all legal options to keep the board operating. See The Fresno Bee, April 27, 2013.