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Monsanto case has local implications

“Seattle Attorney Mark Walters is still buzzing after presenting his case at the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday [Feb 19].

Walters, a patent attorney with the firm Frommer Lawrence & Haug LLP, represented a 75-year-old Indiana farmer who is being sued by agri-giant Monsanto for planting descendents of their genetically modified seeds (GMO) in his fields.

According to Walters, his client Vernon Hugh Bowman used so called ‘trash seeds’ to keep his field active after his main soy bean harvest. Monsanto said that ‘trash seed’ contained some of the company’s GMO seed known as ‘Roundup Ready’ seed.

Monsanto sued Bowman and won in two lower court cases. Tuesday [Feb. 19] The Supreme Court Justices heard Walter’s arguments that Bowman has the right to use seed that reproduced from Monsanto seed because it’s affordable and available,” quoting Gary Chittim, KING-5, Seattle.
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Posted by Steve on March 1, 2013 at 4:28 am | Permalink

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