|Wisconsin: Zinniker Lawsuit against DATCP
Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund et al v. Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection
FTCLDF has brought suit against the State of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) on behalf of Fund members, dairy farmers Mark and Petra Zinniker, as well as individuals who are members of an LLC (Nourished by Nature) that owns cows boarded at the Zinnikers' farm. The suit claims that herdshares are legal in Wisconsin and that an LLC and its members are entitled to board the LLC's cows at the farm of an experienced dairy farmer.
Plaintiffs (P): FTCLDF; Mark & Petra Zinniker; Nourished By Nature, LLC; Gayle Loiselle; Robert Karp
Defendants (D): Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection (DATCP); Rod Nilsestuen, Secretary
Judge (J): Dane County Circuit Court – Patrick J. Fiedler [J2]; transferred from Walworth County Circuit Court - Judge John R. Race [J1]
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To view the Court Record Events, go to "Case Search" at www.wicourts.gov and click on "Wisconsin Circuit Court Access". Search for Dane County Case Number 2010CV003884 and Walworth County Case Number 2010CV000302.
Sep 22, 2010 - The Court transferred the case to Dane County and this case is now the subject of a DATCP motion to consolidate this case with another case. More….
May 24, 2010 - The State of Wisconsin has answered the complaint, denied all the allegations, and has asked the court to move the case to another county. More….
Oct 6, 2010 [J2] - Motion Granted to Consolidate
Jul 16, 2010 [J1] – Order for Change of Venue to Dane County [waiving fees]
Jun 28, 2010 [J1] – Order for Change of Venue to Dane County
Jun 16, 2010 [D] – Answer to First Amended Complaint
Jun 14, 2010 [D] - Notice of Motion and Motion to Consolidate[GrassWay case]
Jun 10, 2010 [P] – Demand for Trial by Jury
Affidavit of Gayle Loiselle
Petition for Temporary Injunction [denied]
Jun 3, 2010 [P] – First Amended Complaint
Response to Defendant's Motion to Change Venue
Apr 26, 2010 [D] – Amended Notice of Motion and Motion to Change Venue
Apr 13, 2010 [D] - Answer
Notice on Motion and Motion to Change Venue
Feb 25, 2010 [P] – Summons & Complaint for Declaratory Judgment
Oct 20, 2010 - Raw Milk Battle Continues in Wisconsin
Sep 22, 2010 - FTCLDF Case Updates
May 25, 2010 - Wisconsin Raw Milk Update
May 24, 2010 - FTCLDF Case Updates
Feb 10, 2010 - How DATCP Denies Raw Milk Consumers Their Rights
Nov 19, 2010 – Dairy dilemma: Raw-milk producers, consumers ask for sales to be legal