Oral Argument Scheduled in OSGATA v. Monsanto
NEW YORK – December 29, 2011 –In a development heralded by the organic plaintiffs, Judge Naomi Buchwald announced yesterday that oral argument on Monsanto’s motion to dismiss in OSTATA et al v. Monsanto will be heard Tuesday January 31, 2012 at 10am in federal district court in Manhattan.
The eighty-three family farmers, small and family owned seed businesses, and agricultural organizations which comprise the organic plaintiff group represent over 300,000 individuals. The landmark organic community lawsuit, filed in March 2011, challenges the validity of Monsanto’s transgenic/GMO patents and seeks court protection for innocent family farmers who may become contaminated by Monsanto seed.
“We are grateful that Judge Buchwald has agreed to our request to hear oral argument on the motion,” said Jim Gerritsen, President of lead plaintiff Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association based in Montrose, Colorado. “Last August we submitted our written rebuttal and it made clear that Monsanto’s motion was without merit. Our legal team, from the Public Patent Foundation, is looking forward to orally presenting our position. The family farmers deserve their day in court. We are anxious that this case go to trial as soon as possible so that our innocent farmers may receive Court protection.”
Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association is the organic seed industry membership trade organization established to develop and protect the organic seed industry and its mission to provide excellent organic seed for the needs of local organic agriculture. Paypal donations to OSGATA’s “Farmer Travel Fund” (www.osgata.org) are encouraged in an effort to raise funds to enable family farmers in the plaintiff group to attend the court proceedings and related events.