9 CFR 201.218 - Arbitration.

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§ 201.218 Arbitration.
(a) In any livestock or poultry production contract that requires the use of arbitration the following language must appear on the signature page of the contract in bold conspicuous print: “Right to Decline Arbitration. A poultry grower, livestock producer or swine production contract grower has the right to decline to be bound by the arbitration provisions set forth in this agreement. A poultry grower, livestock producer or swine production contract grower shall indicate whether or not it desires to be bound by the arbitration provisions by signing one of the following statements; failure to choose an option will be treated as if the poultry grower, livestock producer or swine production contract grower declined to be bound by the arbitration provisions set forth in this Agreement:
I decline to be bound by the arbitration provisions set forth in this Agreement _____________
I accept the arbitration provisions as set forth in this Agreement____________”
(b) The Secretary may consider various criteria when determining whether the arbitration process provided in a production contract provides a meaningful opportunity for the poultry grower, livestock producer, or swine production contract grower to participate fully in the arbitration process. These criteria include, but are not limited to:
(1) Whether the contract discloses sufficient information in bold, conspicuous print describing all the costs of arbitration to be paid by the poultry grower, swine production contract grower, or livestock producer, and the arbitration process and any limitations on legal rights and remedies in such a manner as to allow the poultry grower, livestock producer or swine contract production grower to make an informed decision on whether to elect arbitration for dispute resolution;
(2) Whether provisions in the entire arbitration process governing the costs and time limits are reasonable;
(3) Whether the poultry grower, livestock producer, or swine production contract grower is provided access to and opportunity to engage in reasonable discovery of information held by the packer, swine contractor or live poultry dealer;
(4) Whether arbitration is required to be used to resolve only disputes relevant to the contractual obligations of the parties; and
(5) Whether a reasoned, written opinion based on applicable law, legal principles and precedent for the award is required to be provided to the parties.
[76 FR 76889, Dec. 9, 2011]

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  • 2014-06-09; vol. 79 # 110 - Monday, June 9, 2014
    1. 79 FR 32859 - Scales; Accurate Weights, Repairs, Adjustments or Replacements After Inspection
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      DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
      Direct final rule; correction.
      This correction is effective June 30, 2014. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of June 30, 2014.
      9 CFR Part 201

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United States Code
U.S. Code: Title 7 - AGRICULTURE

§ 181 - Short title

§ 182 - Definitions

§ 183 - When transaction deemed in commerce; “State” defined

§ 191 - “Packer” defined

§ 192 - Unlawful practices enumerated

§ 193 - Procedure before Secretary for violations

§ 194 - Conclusiveness of order; appeal and review

§ 195 - Punishment for violation of order

§ 196 - Statutory trust established; livestock

§ 197 - Statutory trust established; poultry

§ 197a - Production contracts

§ 197b - Choice of law and venue

§ 197c - Arbitration

§ 198 - Definitions

§ 198a - Swine packer marketing contracts offered to producers

§ 198b - Report on the Secretary’s jurisdiction, power, duties, and authorities

§ 201 - “Stockyard owner”; “stockyard services”; “market agency”; “dealer”; defined

§ 202 - “Stockyard” defined; determination by Secretary as to particular yard

§ 203 - Activity as stockyard dealer or market agency; benefits to business and welfare of stockyard; registration; penalty for failure to register

§ 204 - Bond and suspension of registrants

§ 205 - General duty as to services; revocation of registration

§ 206 - Rates and charges generally; discrimination

§ 207 - Schedule of rates

§ 208 - Unreasonable or discriminatory practices generally; rights of stockyard owner of management and regulation

§ 209 - Liability to individuals for violations; enforcement generally

§ 210 - Proceedings before Secretary for violations

§ 211 - Order of Secretary as to charges or practices; prescribing rates and practices generally

§ 212 - Prescribing rates and practices to prevent discrimination between intrastate and interstate commerce

§ 213 - Prevention of unfair, discriminatory, or deceptive practices

§ 214 - Effective date of orders

§ 215 - Failure to obey orders; punishment

§ 216 - Proceedings to enforce orders; injunction

§ 217 - Proceedings for suspension of orders

§ 217a - Fees for inspection of brands or marks

§ 218 to 218d - Repealed.

§ 221 - Accounts and records of business; punishment for failure to keep

§ 222 - Federal Trade Commission powers adopted for enforcement of chapter

§ 223 - Responsibility of principal for act or omission of agent

§ 224 - Attorney General to institute court proceedings for enforcement

§ 225 - Laws unaffected

§ 226 - Powers of Interstate Commerce Commission unaffected

§ 227 - Powers of Federal Trade Commission and Secretary of Agriculture

§ 228 - Authority of Secretary

§ 228a - Authority of Secretary to request temporary injunction or restraining order

§ 228b - Prompt payment for purchase of livestock

7 U.S. Code § 218 to 218d - Repealed.

7 U.S. Code § 218 to 218d - Repealed.

7 U.S. Code § 218 to 218d - Repealed.

7 U.S. Code § 218 to 218d - Repealed.

§ 228c - Federal preemption of State and local requirements

§ 228d - Annual assessment of cattle and hog industries

§ 229 - Annual report

§ 229c - Separability

Title 9 published on 2014-01-01

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 9 CFR 201 after this date.

  • 2014-06-09; vol. 79 # 110 - Monday, June 9, 2014
    1. 79 FR 32859 - Scales; Accurate Weights, Repairs, Adjustments or Replacements After Inspection
      GPO FDSys XML | Text
      DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
      Direct final rule; correction.
      This correction is effective June 30, 2014. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of June 30, 2014.
      9 CFR Part 201