Maine Farmer Loses State Supreme Court Battle

On June 17, 2014, the Maine Supreme Court issued the final word in Dan Brown’s 3-year legal battle against the state over his right to sell unpasteurized milk. The Court ruled in favor of an April 2013 district court summary judgment that ordered Brown to stop selling raw milk, rejecting Brown’s arguments that the state shouldn’t be allowed to change rules that originally guided the establishment of his business and that a local town ordinance exempted him from state regulations.

The state “…contends it has an obligation to set reasonable standards to ensure milk is safe and that the standards must apply to even the smallest farms” (WCSH 6).

Read a more in-depth summary of the state Supreme Court decision here.

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