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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A dairy goat company has filed suit against a fireworks firm, a church and the city of Manteca for sponsoring a fireworks display that led to a goat stampede, leaving 10 animals dead and others injured. Bettencourt & Son Dairy sued Fred May and Fireworks by Boom Boom and the Calvary Community Church, where the fireworks show was held.
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BUSINESS
May 2, 2002 | Melinda Fulmer
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals filed a complaint Tuesday with the Federal Trade Commission, alleging that the California Milk Advisory Board engaged in deceptive advertising with its "Happy Cow" commercials. The complaint says the idyllic commercials, which take place in grassy pastures and end with the tag line "Great cheese comes from happy cows.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2001
In the latest volley against massive dairies, an environmental group plans to sue the local smog control agency and three major dairies to force compliance with federal air regulations. The Assn. of Irritated Residents said two dairies being built in Kern County and one under construction in Madera County violate the Clean Air Act because manure will contribute to the valley's chronically polluted air.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
Got milk? Suiza Foods has lots of it--nearly a third of the U.S. market. In a giant milk merger pairing the two biggest U.S. dairy processors, Suiza said Thursday it is buying Dean Foods Co. for about $1.5 billion in cash and stock, taking its rival's name and moving Dean's headquarters from the Chicago suburbs to Suiza's base in Dallas.
BUSINESS
December 2, 2000 | MELINDA FULMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal appeals court has ruled that Philip Morris Cos.' Kraft Foods and several other cheese makers must face allegations that they illegally conspired to drive down milk prices paid to California farmers. An antitrust suit filed by milk producers in 1998 had been dismissed when a judge ruled in part that the case didn't meet antitrust standards because it didn't show harm to consumers in the form of higher prices. The 9th U.S.
BUSINESS
September 13, 2000 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Milk Processor Board has signed an interim agreement to use striking members of Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists in three new "Got Milk" commercials. The board, which spends about $25 million annually to pitch milk in its humorous spots, signed the agreement just days before production was to begin on commercials created by San Francisco-based advertising agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners.
NEWS
January 9, 2000 | SAM FULWOOD III, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the stakes in the billions of dollars, the process of deciding what the nation should eat--always political--is turning even more contentious. A respected committee of doctors and nutrition experts is preparing to submit next month its five-year review of the federal government's dietary guidelines.
NEWS
January 3, 2000 | RICHARD CHON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
James and George Borba thought they were giving residents of Kern County just what they wanted. Invited by county officials into this rich agricultural valley, the Chino dairymen were impressed by what they saw: vast expanses of inexpensive farmland, a local government traditionally friendly to agriculture, and practically no neighbors in sight of their 4,700 acres south of the city limits. "It's a perfect place to build a dairy: out in the middle of nowhere," George Borba said last spring.
BUSINESS
September 19, 1999
It shouldn't come as any surprise to see that California's highest-in-the-nation milk prices are on their way back up now that the legislative pressure to bring them down is off ['Cost of Milk Expected To Rise," Sept. 6]. It was mid-March when the industry announced with great fanfare that the state-mandated price paid to dairy farmers would drop by 50 cents a gallon April 1. Of course, it was purely coincidental that the price break came after two bills were introduced in the Legislature to apply free-market standards to milk sales in an effort to increase competition and lower prices for shoppers.
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