Monsanto-Scruggs case waits on other’s appeal

By NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – A federal judge has halted decisions in ag-giant Monsanto Co.’s 13-year-old lawsuit against Lee County enterprises owned by Mitchell and Eddie Scruggs.
In 2010, a Greenville jury sided with Monsanto and awarded a $8.7 million verdict on allegations the Scruggses illegally reused or resold patented hybrid seeds produced by Monsanto. The Scruggses appealed the verdict and opposed a Monsanto request for triple damages.
This week, Chief U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills agreed with Scruggs’ attorneys to stay the Mississippi case until the U.S. Supreme Court decides similar issues in Monsanto v. Bowman.