Vaqueria Tres Monjitas, Inc. v. Irizarry, No. 07-2240 - U.S. First Circuit
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Vaqueria Tres Monjitas, Inc. v. Irizarry, No. 07-2240

In plaintiffs' suit against Puerto Rico's Milk Industry Regulation Administration, claiming that the Administration's regulatory scheme governing milk prices violates the Due Process, Equal Protection, Takings, and dormant Commerce Clauses, grant of a preliminary injunction enjoining the regulatory scheme is affirmed where: 1) the district court properly declined defendants' invitation to abstain from entertaining the action; 2) the Eleventh Amendment does not bar the form of relief granted by the district court in its preliminary injunction; 3) the district court did not abuse its discretion in rejecting defendants' unclean hands defense; 4) the district court did not abuse its discretion in failing to dismiss the action on the basis of laches; 5) the district court did not abuse its discretion in rejecting defendants' estoppel defense; and 6) district court did not abuse its discretion in granting plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction.     

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Appellate Information

Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico

Decided November 23, 2009

Judges

Before:  Torruella, Lipez and Howard, Circuit Judges

Opinion by Torruella, Circuit Judge

Counsel

For Appellant:  Edward W. Hill-Tollinche, Quiñones & Sánchez, P.S.C., Yassmin González-Vélez, and Juan Carlos Ramírez-Ramos

For Appellee:  Rafael Escalera-Rodríguez, Reichard & Escalera, Carmen Alfonso-Rodríguez, and Amelia Caicedo-Santiago, José R. Lázaro-Paoli, José R. Lázaro-Paoli Law Offices, Enrique Nassar-Rizek, Maxine M. Brown-Vázquez, and ENR & Associates