Alfa International Seafood v. Ross

264 F. Supp. 3d 23 (2017)

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Alfa International Seafood v. Ross

United States District Court for the District of Columbia
264 F. Supp. 3d 23 (2017)

AR

Facts

The Department of Commerce (department), through its sub-agency, the National Marine Fisheries Service, promulgated the Seafood Import Monitoring Program rule. This rule was aimed at combatting seafood fraud by requiring United States based importers of seafood to collect information about each stage of the supply chain for certain types of seafood imported into the United States. Seafood fraud consisted of misleading consumers about the origin or type of seafood that was being sold. The department anticipated that the new rule would increase the expense of importing seafood. Alfa International Seafood (plaintiff) sued, arguing that the department did not have the authority to regulate seafood fraud under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Mehta, J.)

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