VT AG Asks Federal Court to Dismiss GMO Lawsuit

By Joe Gullo

Published 08/08 2014 03:49PM

Updated 08/08 2014 06:21PM

MONTPELIER, Vt.- Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell is asking the U.S. District Court in Vermont to dismiss a GMO lawsuit from food manufacturer trade associations.

A press release says Friday's filing with the court argues that both the law's essential requirements, labeling genetically engineered foods and not describing such foods as "natural", are appropriate under the First Amendment and serve legitimate state interests.

"The State's motion makes the case that Vermont's labeling law withstands all five challenges to its constitutionality made by Plaintiffs and that the court should dismiss the suit without requiring the State to answer the complaint or engage in further litigation," Sorrell said.

Under federal rules, the Plaintiffs have 30 days to respond to the State's motion.

The law was signed by Vermont Peter Shumlin on May 8, 2014. The law goes into effect in 2016.

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