A lawsuit was filed in Denver’s U.S. District Court by The Made in the USA Foundation seeking a court order declaring the World Trade Organization (WTO) does not have authority to override U.S. law. At issue is the WTO ruling that U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) provisions violate global trade law and unfairly curtail agricultural commerce.  The suit names the WTO, U.S. Trade Representative and USDA.  The coalition said, “The WTO does not have the right to interfere with domestic laws of the United States. When the United States joined the WTO, it agreed to do so only if the WTO could not overrule U.S. law. More than 90% of U.S. consumers favor the Country-of-Origin-Labeling Act. This law does not discriminate against any country, it merely requires labeling. Consumers have a right to decide whether to buy U.S. (origin) or imported meat, and accurate labeling is a consumer right.”  The WTO ruled against the United States earlier this year because the mandatory COOL discriminated against imported beef by treating imported cattle and hogs less favorably than domestic product.  R-CALF USA is a co-plaintiff in the suite.