Department of Justice Quietly Stops Investigating Monsanto for Antitrust Violations
Tom Philpott, over at Mother Jones, is pointing out how the US Department of Justice apparently thought that the Thanksgiving holiday was the perfect time (as in, likely, no one will be paying attention) to quietly stop investigating Monsanto for potential antitrust violations in the US seed market—as in, Monsanto controls the vast majority of genetically modified seeds, via patents and licensing even those sold by nominal competitors.
A DOJ spokesperson confirmed to me that the agency had "closed its investigation into possible anticompetitive practices in the seed industry," but would divulge no details. "In making its decision, the Antitrust Division took into account marketplace developments that occurred during the pendency of the investigation," she stated via email. I asked what precisely those "marketplace developments" were. "I don’t have anything else for you," she replied. Monsanto, too, is being tight-lipped—a company spokesperson said the company had no statement to make beyond the above-linked press release.
It's all sadly typical.