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AndyfromNC Donating Member (29 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-28-09 08:07 AM
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Monsanto is quite possibly the most hated corporation on planet Earth. There is a long list of reasons not to like them, Agent Orange, gasoline additives, horrible environmental record with their chemical manufacturing, and recently, their ham fisted demands that all countries blindly accept Genetic Engineering as a way to improve food and food crops.

Recently, I and my small law firm, with two full time attorneys and one part time, have been involved in litigation against Monsanto. We have represented two farmers who have been sued by Monsanto for alleged patent infringement. We have represented both completely pro bono publico, "for the public good." not only have we not accepted any fees for our work, but we have borne our own expenses.

There is a reason for this. The farmer in the present case, is a 60 year old farmer, who has farmed the same 200 acres in Harmony, NC his entire adult life. No, Monsanto wants to take it all. He makes about 16,000-18,000 a year from farming, and him and his wife survive on $25,000 a year. Well, Monsanto has sued him in St Louis, and the trial will last for two weeks. Just paying travel expenses is a crushing expense for a couple that lives on as little as the Trivette's do, not to mention the court ordered expense of a mediator that Mr. Trivette must bear. To give you some idea of the disparity, Monsanto has likely spent around $250,000 to prosecute this case against Trivette. It is rumored that they spend $10,000,000 a year suing small farmers. It is just one of their fear mongering tactics.

However, there is some hope. Unlike many of the attorneys who have represented farmers before us, we have managed to defeat Monsanto's motions for Summary Judgment, and at trial, we will ask the jury to rule that the activity of saving seeds does not violate Monsanto's patent rights. Further, we will ask the jury to rule that Monsanto has misused its patents and they have become unenforceable.

The purpose of this posting is to ask for your support. Financial support, moral support, and your prayers are all welcome and all needed in what is truly an epic battle against the most caustic attorney's have ever faced. Any small donation could help offset actual expenses of this trial. They can be made via paypal at , which also contains a more detailed explanation of the legal issues and effect this trial could have. Also, if anyone lives in the St. Louis area and might consider giving the Trivette's a place to stay, that could greatly help the effort.

Another good source of information on Monsanto is the "Harvest of Fear" article by Vanity Fair. Thank you so much for any help, assistance or moral support you can offer.

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