Judge to hear oral arguments in lawsuit over validity of Kauai ordinance regulating GMOs

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HONOLULU — A federal judge will be hearing arguments in a lawsuit against a Kauai County ordinance regulating genetically engineered crops and pesticides.

Four seed companies are suing to stop the ordinance from going into effect in August.

Syngenta Seeds, DuPont Pioneer, Agrigenetics Inc., doing business as Dow Agrosciences, and BASF Plant Sciences are seeking a permanent injunction against the law. They argue the ordinance is invalid and arbitrarily targets their industry.

Earthjustice attorney Paul Achitoff is helping defend Kauai's ordinance. He says the judge presiding over the case has asked attorneys to focus arguments on the issue of whether state and federal laws invalidate the Kauai law.

U.S. District Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren is giving both sides an hour each for oral arguments in his Honolulu courtroom on Wednesday.

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