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Hawaii Councilman Speaks at Syngenta Meeting with Humanitarian Plea to Cease and Desist

In 2013, the county of Kauai in the state of Hawaii did something pretty impressive. The residents banded together and passed legislation regulating the use of pesticides and genetically modified (GMO) crops on their island in what is now referred to as Bill 960. Five giant chemical companies– Syngenta, Monsanto, Dow, BASF and Pioneer/DuPont– were using an estimated 60,000 acres of land throughout Hawaii to test …

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Investor-State Dispute Settlements: New Tool to Circumvent the Courts

We’ve discussed forced arbitration issues a lot on our blog. It’s been a favorite topic of late because it is so relevant to today’s legal environment. We’ve explored the ways in which mandatory arbitration violates the rights of average citizens who have been harmed by large corporations. Barred from having their day in a traditional, public court with an unbiased jury determining the outcome of their …

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