Florida pays $437,000 in dispute over skim milk

No sense in crying over spilled milk, but what about $437,000 in legal fees?

Florida’s paying that amount to the attorneys of Ocheesee Creamery, which is about 50 miles west of Tallahassee. State officials under Adam Putnam’s Department of Agriculture had pushed to label the dairy’s skim milk as imitation, because vitamins aren’t added to it, according to the Associated Press.

The state defines skim milk as having Vitamin A. Ocheesee, an all-natural dairy that doesn’t add ingredients to natural products, objected.

Florida taxpayers have paid more than $20 million since 2011 to cover expenses for lawyers who have sued the state.

Here’s the AP story from today:

Florida is paying nearly $437,000 to cover the fees of attorneys who sued Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

A federal appeals court earlier this year sided with an all-natural dairy that fought the state’s demand to label its skim milk “imitation” because vitamins aren’t added to it.

Court records show a federal judge in September ordered Putnam’s office to pay the attorneys who represented Ocheesee Creamery. State officials reported earlier this month that the money had been paid. The notice states Putnam’s agency “concurs that complying with this order is in the best interest of the state.”

The creamery is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of Tallahassee.

Since 2011 the state has paid more than $20 million to cover expenses and fees for lawyers who have sued the state.

Read more of this Tampa Bay Times article by Michael Van Sickler by clicking here.