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Monsanto Seeks Millions From Lee Co. Farmer

Posted by WCBI News Director | August 23, 2012 / 09:24am | Local News
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge in Mississippi has heard arguments from the Monsanto Co., which is seeking $27 million in damages from a Tupelo farm supply business and its owners in an ongoing dispute over saving and selling its patented seeds.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports ( ) that U.S. District Judge Michael Mills made no decision after hearing Wednesday from attorneys for St. Louis-based Monsanto and businessmen Mitchell and Eddie Scruggs, owners of Scruggs Farm Supply.
Monsanto sued the Scruggses in 2001. A federal judge in Mississippi ruled against the Scruggses in 2004. The Scruggses lost a series of appeals and the case was returned to Mississippi for consideration of damages sought by Monsanto.
Monsanto has sued in several states over its licensing requirements for use of its seeds.
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