Update on U.S. District Court Activity by Sugar Industry Biotech Council

December 8, 2009

On December 4, 2009, Judge Jeffrey White decided how his court will proceed with the next phase of litigation concerning the approval of Roundup Ready sugar beets.

The Sugar Industry Biotech Council is pleased that Judge White has allowed a settlement conference with a U.S. magistrate no later than Feb. 4, 2010. Additionally, we are encouraged that the court has allowed limited discovery, which will provide an opportunity to obtain interviews and documentation from the plaintiffs.

Judge White scheduled filing of briefs on remedies between March and April, and plans to hear oral arguments on June 11, 2010. It is not certain at this point whether or not a full evidentiary hearing will be scheduled.