Syverson v. United States Department of Agriculture, 666 F.3d 1137 (8th Cir. 2012)

(plaintiff charged with self-dealing constituting an unfair or deceptive practice in violation of Packers and Stockyards Act; plaintiff purchased cattle for third party at auction, had them inspected by vet, consigned them for sale at dairy auction, and then repurchased them from his own consignment followed by delivery of some of the cows to the third party; plaintiff showed third party consignment auction price, but disclosed no other facts; ALJ determined that plaintiff had acted as a “dealer” and had engaged in unfair and deceptive practice and had acted as a “market agency”; decision upheld on appeal in 2010 except for imposition of five-year suspension which was changed to 16-month suspension from being a salaried employee of another registrant or packer which was stayed pending appeal; sanction affirmed).

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