Missouri, other states extend fight against California egg regulations

Missouri and 12 other states are continuing their legal fight against California over a state law there that plaintiffs say is inflating the price of eggs.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley said Monday that he plans to file a lawsuit on behalf of the states alleging that California’s law has cost consumers nationwide up to $350 million annually because of higher egg prices since it took effect in 2015. The lawsuit argues that California’s requirements violate the U.S. Constitution’s interstate commerce clause and are pre-empted by federal law.

California law requires any eggs sold there to come from chickens whose cages are large enough for them to stretch out and move around. Hawley, a Republican, is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene.

Three years ago, then-Attorney General Chris Koster, a Democrat, filed a similar suit to overturn California’s chicken crate regulation. That suit was tossed out by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that Missouri did not have legal standing to pursue the lawsuit.

Also suing California are Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio, Kansas City Star

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