This office is Oregon co-counsel in the case against Ocean Spray venued in Massachusetts (Case # CV-12016-RWZ).
Thank you for your informative blog you have created for cranberry growers.
We are having a meeting on August 13, 2015 at 7 pm at the Barn (Bandon’s Conference and Community Center) in Bandon, Oregon. The purpose of the meeting is to update Oregon Independent cranberry growers and Oregon Ocean Spray B pool cranberry growers concerning the status of the lawsuit. Much has happened since our last meeting. All such growers are invited to attend.
I would appreciate it if you would post a Notice of this meeting on your blog. If you have any questions please contact me.
Shala McKenzie Kudlac
Carleton Law Offices
Nothing new, lots new…depends on your point of view.
Wisconsin seems to be growing a good crop. Maybe not as small as last year, but not as big as two years ago. A good solid crop. I hear the same is true in Quebec. Mass is up, the crop is good there. Vancouver might be up a little. The west coast is needing rain. The drought is probably out there is probably good for growing a good crop, but not so much for harvesting it. Haven’t heard much about New Jersey. So all in all a good crop. Not the biggest ever, but we still know how to grow them.
The lawsuit drama is picking up steam. Subpoenas have been issued. Discovery is taking place as I type. For the larger handlers the amount of information requested is laborious, due to the length of time the subpoenas cover….the one I saw covered 2004 until present. One handler estimated 100,000s of pages. Oh my. And both sides are requesting documents…can’t blame this all on one side. I don’t know how this ends. Mainly because I can’t see how all that information will be distilled down to usable data. I hope someone has a plan! One thing seems sure…the judge in the case has the process rolling along. Don’t ask for delays, because she is not inclined to grant them. I like this lady! Finally after 3 years we are getting some action/resolution. And resolution is what I want so we can all go back to selling cranberries. The best solution.
The last reporting period for the CMC indicated some good news…but really didn’t it seem that our sales increases were to the Gov’t and that the inventory still remains in concentrate?? The CMC is coming up in a few weeks out in MA. I’m thinking they will report numbers and look at each other. Tell some stories in the hallways. Hear about our good marketing efforts…and (rightly) congratulate Michelle on becoming the ED. I wish we were using the tools available to us re supply, but sadly that isn’t the case.
Finally, price hell for the independent growers continues.