Judge clarifies home-baked goods ruling

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Gazette staff
Thursday, October 5, 2017

DARLINGTON—A Lafayette County judge has clarified a ruling that overturned a ban on selling home-baked goods to specify that the ruling applies to everyone—not just those named in a case he ruled on earlier this year.

The Wisconsin Farmer's Union in a release Thursday trumpeted a ruling by Judge Duane Jorgenson that Wisconsin's ban on selling home-made baked goods is unconstitutional.

It clarifies Jorgenson's ruling in May that three plaintiffs in a suit, including Dela Ends of Brodhead, could not be banned from selling baked goods they make in their homes.

The clarifying ruling rolled out after the state Attorney General's Office said it was still enforcing a ban on the sale of home-baked goods for everyone except the three women named in the suit.

The judge's clarification stated the ruling extends statewide, not just to the few parties in the lawsuit, according to the release.

The judge earlier found the ban and possible fines it carried had no measurable connection to protecting the public and that it served mainly to limit competition that brick-and-mortar bakeries might face, according to the release.

Last updated: 7:47 pm Thursday, October 5, 2017

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