Monday, May 13, 2013
The case involving the Creve Coeur-based agri-giant was seen as having implications far beyond the world of seeds.
The United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of Creve Coeur-based Monsanto, ruling an Indiana farmer improperly mixed seeds from the firm with others in a way that tampered with Monsanto's patent. The court heard arguments in the case back in February. USA Today reports: Monsanto's soybeans represent the cream of the crop because they are resistant to the weed killer Roundup. Farmers must pay Monsanto's price to plant the beans themselves. That's not what Indiana farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman did. After one year of going through Monsanto, he bought his second crop from a grain elevator. Then he used his own soybeans that resisted Roundup in future years — in essence, the court said, making copies of a patented invention. Two …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Tech giants Apple and Microsoft and the Justice Department are siding with Creve Coeur based Monsanto in high court hearing.
For the second time in the current United State Supreme Court session, justices will be hearing a case with connections to Creve Coeur. Read: Pattonville Grad Argues DWI Case at U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday, the court takes up arguments brought by an Indiana farmer Vernon Bowman against Creve Coeur-based agrigiant Monsanto. The questions, according to the court? Whether a Federal Circuit erred by (1) refusing to find patent exhaustion in patented seeds even after an authorized sale and by (2) creating an exception to the doctrine of patent exhaustion for self-replicating technologies? Connect: Facebook | Twitter | Newsletters | Blogging | Posting Photos | Announcements | Events
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Jack Koester, Jr. is an assistant prosecutor with Cape Girardeau County
The U.S. Supreme Court only hears a select number of cases each year, but this week, a Pattonville High School alum had the chance to make an argument in one. Jack Koester, who graduated from Pattonville in 1995, is now Assistant Cape Girardeau County Prosecutor. He was there Wednesday because of a 2010 case that calls into question the ability of authorities to call for blood tests of suspected drunk drivers without a court order when suspects refuse to allow the test. As The Huffington Post reported, "The Missouri Supreme Court upheld a lower court order that threw out the results of the blood test. The state high court said the blood test violated the Constitution's prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures. Police need a …
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Only two representatives from each state are chosen for this unique educational opportunity.
Anjali Fernandes, a senior at Pattonville High School, has been selected as one of four semifinalists in Missouri to attend the United States Senate Youth Program. Only two representatives from each state are chosen for this unique educational opportunity. Semifinalists in Missouri are chosen based on nomination forms, student essays and letters of recommendation. Also Read: Creve Coeur Girl Gains Girls State Election, Prepares To Meet President Obama Missouri's representatives will be chosen after an interview with a selection committee in Jefferson City. Semifinalists not chosen as the representatives serve as alternates. The selections will be announced in early December. The United States Senate Youth Program is a unique educational …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
By a 5-4 vote, President Obama's health care legislation survived a constitutional challenge. Tell us what you think about the decision.
9:15 a.m. Update Multiple news outlets are reporting that the United States Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act. Chief Justice John Roberts authored the majority opinion and wrote in part, "The Affordable Care Act is constitutional in part and unconstitutional in part The individual mandate cannot be upheld as an exercise of Congress's power under the Commerce Clause. That Clause authorizes Congress to regulate interstate commerce, not to order individuals to engage it. In this case, however, it is reasonable to construe what Congress has done as increasing taxes on those who have a certain amount of income, but choose to go without health insurance. Such legislation is within Congress's power to tax." Read the entire opinion…
Monday, June 25, 2012
A tour of topics making news this week in Creve Coeur.
If the summer months are supposed to be a "slow" time of year, someone forgot to tell people in Creve Coeur. Three words describe the week ahead around town: Busy. Busy. Busy. Monday night, the Creve Coeur City Council will hear first reading on an ordinance to add lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered individuals to the ranks of those listed in city anti-discrimination laws. Ward 1 Councilwoman Beth Kistner first announced her intention to bring forward the change earlier this year. Click here for a preview of other City Council matters on Monday's agenda. The Ladue School Board Monday will consider a topic which has generated plenty of debate: Should Ladue High School students be given laptops and how should that program be funded…