Farmers "need to know if it is worth the extra money to buy new products that may not live up to the hype," said Darrell McGraw, West Virginia's attorney general, in a statement.
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West Virginia's attorney general is suing Monsanto Co. for refusing to turn over information to support claims that the company's biotech soybeans are as good as promised.
The lawsuit is the latest legal threat to the world's largest seed company. Monsanto also faces inquiries by the Justice Department and the state of Arkansas concerning its Roundup Ready soybeans. Other states also are said to be investigating Monsanto's biotech seed business, and the company faces antitrust claims by its archrival, DuPont.
Last month, the Arkansas attorney general opened an investigation of Monsanto's soybean marketing practices.