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US drops 2010 antitrust inquiry into seed industry, Monsanto

3:05 PM MST | December 3, 2012 | Rebecca Coons

Seed strife: DOJ ends inquiry into licensing practices. The US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) antitrust division has closed an investigation into possible anticompetitive licensing practices in the seed industry without taking any enforcement action. The investigation began in 2010 amid accusations of antitrust violations by Monsanto, the market leader in genetically modified seeds, and marked the first time US regulators scrutinized competition in the highly consolidated seed market. “We’re pleased that the Justice Department has closed its...


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