In a 64 page response to the suit, Attorney General Bill Sorrell argues the law requiring labeling of GMO's in food products is constitutional.
His defense team says it's within the state's regulatory power and it serves the public interest. Sorrell says even if the case is dismissed he expects an appeal.
“Almost no matter what the trial court rules in a case of this magnitude one side or the other is in all likelihood going to appeal to the federal appeals court in New York City and depending on what that court does it's entirely possible that one side or the other or both will seek review by the US Supreme Court,” Sorrell said.
Unrelated to the response by the state, VPIRG filed to join the state as defendants in the case. The Grocery Manufacturers Association and other plaintiffs are seeking to block VPIRG while Sorrell says the state is not taking a stance.
Sorrell says more parties are likely to join the lawsuit after any decision by the trial court.