In 2007, CSPI joined a lawsuit in California against Aurora Dairy, the second-largest organic milk company.
Aurora produced non-organic dairy products that it sold as "organic." Consumers pay premium prices for organic products, but in this case—due to the illegal behavior of Aurora—they were ripped off. Aurora's practices violated both federal and California consumer protection and organic laws. However, a federal judge has ruled that these consumers' rights are "preempted" by federal law — that is, that the defendants did not have to comply with state consumer protection laws. This decision was reversed on appeal, and the case proceeded in federal district court in St. Louis.
The case was settled after the appeal. As part of the settlement, Aurora Dairy agreed to change its marketing practices. 9/12