SUPREME COURT DECLINES TO HEAR MISSOURI’S EGG LAWSUIT

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear arguments in three lawsuits against state laws regulating animal production standards, including a case brought by Missouri.  DTN reports that the high court provided no commentary when declining to take up Missouri’s lawsuit against California’s law defining cage standards for hens that lay eggs sold in the state.  Former attorneys general Josh Hawley and Chris Koster, during their respective times in office, argued that the Supreme Court should be the court of original jurisdiction, bypassing lower courts.  The move comes one month after the U.S. solicitor general recommended against hearing the cases, suggesting that the case be brought instead by someone directly regulated by the law.  A dozen states joined Missouri in the lawsuit.  Justices also declined to hear a similar lawsuit brought by Indiana against Massachusetts, and a challenge to California’s ban on the sale of foie gras from force-fed birds.