The U.S. District Court for the District of Montana affirmed a ruling that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's beef checkoff program, as currently administered, violates the First Amendment. The court put in place a preliminary injunction prohibiting the private Montana Beef Council from retaining beef checkoff funds without the payers' consent.
The court took action after a magistrate previously recommended the injunction in December 2016, agreeing with plaintiff in the suit -- the
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