Friday, June 17, 2016


Your front-row seat at the Ninth Circuit GMO/pesticide hearings that may have national implications (videos)

The implications of the court's ruling or rulings in this case will be vast.—
Courthouse News

by Larry Geller

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, meeting Wednesday in Honolulu, heard four cases challenging the Hawaii state court rulings striking down three counties' ordinances seeking to regulate the use of pesticides and GMO crops. Videos taken by the court are posted below for convenience.

The Courthouse News service has posted an excellent summary by reporter Nicholas Fillmore. See: Ninth Circuit Digs In on Hawaii GMO Rules (Courthouse News Service, 6/17/2016). The article appears to be a very complete summary of the courtroom action--check it out. The reporter concludes:

After more than three hours of testimony, Judge Thomas thanked the audience and thanked the lawyers for their interesting arguments on issues of such importance.

The Ninth Circuit is the biggest federal appeals court in the country, covering Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

The implications of the court's ruling or rulings in this case will be vast.

15-16466 Alika Atay v. County of Maui

Published on Jun 16, 2016

Alika Atay and other ballot proponents of a Maui ordinance which establishes a temporary moratorium on the cultivation of genetically engineered organisms, appeal from the district court's summary judgment in an action challenging the ordinance

15-15246 Robert Ito Farm, Inc. v. County of Maui

Published on Jun 16, 2016

Appeal from an order denying intervention in an action brought by Monsanto Company and others challenging a Maui ordinance prohibiting the cultivation of genetically modified organisms pending further review.

14-17538 Hawai'i Papaya Industry Assn. v. County of Hawaii

Published on Jun 16, 2016

An appeal from the district court's summary judgment and permanent injunction against enforcement of Hawaii County Ordinance 13-121, which governs testing and cultivation of genetically engineered crops.

14-16833 Syngenta Seeds, Inc. v. County of Kauai

Published on Jun 16, 2016

The County of Kauai and others appeal the district court's order entered in favor of Syngenta Seeds, Inc. and others in an action challenging Kauai's County Ordinance 960 which regulates pesticides and genetically modified organism crops.


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