SAN FRANCISCO - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Aug. 7 that although the filed rate doctrine applies generally to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) minimum pricing of raw milk, the doctrine does not bar dairy farmers' claims arising from the misreporting of pricing data to the USDA that caused depressed prices being paid to the farmers for raw milk (Gerald Carlin, et al. v. DairyAmerica, Inc., et al., No. 10-16448, 9th Cir.; 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 16374).