LIHUE — A coalition of Kauai residents and public interest groups, represented by the Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice, filed papers in federal district court Monday to intervene as defendants in the legal challenge of Ordinance 960, formerly Bill 2491.
Kauai County Councilman Gary Hooser, who co-introduced Bill 2491, said the two firms promised from the beginning to defend the bill for free should it end up in court.
“It’s great news to have two law firms as experienced as they are stepping up to the plate,” Hooser said. “They have more experience than I think any law firms in the nation with this particular subject matter.”
The nonprofits seek to defend their interests by defending the county law related to pesticides and genetically modified crops from a federal lawsuit filed last month by Kauai’s four biotech seed companies, according to a release.