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Monsanto Files Reply Brief with Supreme Court

April 22, 2010
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PRNewswire reports Monsanto Company and their seed partner company, Forage Genetics International (FGI), filed a final reply brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in preparation for the upcoming oral arguments of Monsanto Co. v. Geertson Seed Farms, scheduled for April 27. In January, the Supreme Court granted Monsanto''s petition for review of a federal district court order which halted planting of Roundup Ready® alfalfa in 2007. That action was ordered by the district court without a full consideration of the evidence, without deference to the USDA''s expertise, and cost farmers the right to continue using a valuable seed technology that was previously authorized by USDA. Notably, the briefs filed by the U.S. government reinforce Monsanto and FGI''s position that the district court erred in fashioning the injunction in this case. Monsanto and FGI''s position finds additional support from a broad variety of industry groups. Five friends-of-the-court briefs have been filed by a total of 18 groups who also want to protect every American farmer''s right to choose biotechnology. For more information on the history of the Roundup Ready alfalfa case, including links to all Monsanto briefs, the federal government''s briefs and five Amici Curiae briefs, please visit: www.monsanto.com/roundupreadyalfalfa.
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