A preliminary injunction may be issued this week against California's state law that bans any species of non-ambulatory livestock to be slaughtered at federally inspected meat-packing plants.
Back in December, the National Meat Association and American Meat Institute filed a lawsuit seeking to block the enforcement of the state law. The two groups contend that it is preempted by the Federal Meat Inspection Act. The much awaited preliminary injunction is part of NMA's and AMI's request within the suit.
Last week, U.S. District Judge Lawrence O'Neil filed an order stating that he was ready to rule based on the materials filed with the court. He indicated that he was prepared to do so without conducting a hearing in which oral testimony would be presented. NMA and AMI had wanted to present testimony so that its members could illustrate how the state law would affect their businesses.
Judge O'Neill gave all parties until this Wednesday to file a request for oral argument, along with specific, detailed reasons outlining why such a hearing is required.