Friday, January 09, 2004

The worm turns [NYT]
CHICAGO, Jan. 8 - A federal judge now presiding over a price-fixing case involving the Monsanto Company did not disclose to the parties in the case that in 1997 and 1998 he was listed as a lawyer representing Monsanto in a case that covered some of the same issues, according to lawyers and court documents....

The class-action suit is not Judge Sippel's first case involving Monsanto. Last year, he awarded Monsanto $2.9 million in damages - the maximum allowed - from a Tennessee farmer whom Monsanto had accused of violating its patent [by "saving seed"].

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