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Ruling favors California raisin growers

Publication Date: 
June 11, 2013
Source: 
The Modesto Bee
Author: 
Michael Doyle

Professor Michael McConnell was featured by the Modesto Bee's Michael Doyle in an article about the Supreme Court's decision in favor of Marvin D. Horne and Fresno farmers, who McConnell represented before the Supreme Court in March.

WASHINGTON -- Dissident California raisin farmers harvested a Supreme Court win Monday, easing future legal challenges to the decades-old program that regulates the raisin marketplace.


In a 9-0 decision that's both technical and important, the court effectively empowered Fresno County farmer Marvin D. Horne and his allies to claim that the industry program takes their property in violation of the Fifth Amendment.


The Fifth Amendment specifies that private property can't "be taken for public use, without just compensation."

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Clovis lawyer Brian Leighton has been representing Horne, as well as other farmers who are unhappy about various marketing orders and promotion programs. Former federal appellate Judge Michael McConnell, who's now a professor at Stanford Law School, argued the case for Horne before the Supreme Court in March.