Lawyers seek extension of settlement talks in soybean suit

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Lawyers on both sides of a federal lawsuit claiming a soybean seed company purposely sold faulty seeds to black farmers in Mississippi are asking a judge for more time to reach a settlement.U.S. District Judge John Fowlkes had set a Friday deadline for mediation talks in a lawsuit filed in Memphis, Tennessee, by a handful of black farmers against Stine Seed Co. A court filing Friday asks Fowlkes to extend the deadline by three weeks.The suit alleges Stine conspired with a seed salesman to sell defective seeds to the farmers because they are black. The suit claims the good seeds the farmers thought they had bought from Stine were replaced by inferior seeds before delivery.Adel, Iowa-based Stine says allegations including discrimination and fraud are baseless and irresponsible.The Associated Press read more

Bribery Commission takes three people to court

The Commission to investigate allegations of Bribery or Corruption today filed cases at the Colombo High Court against three people.Director Investigations Priyantha Chandrasiri said that the cases were filed in relation to two incidents on which investigations have been completed. One case relates to an incident which took place in 2013 where an officer of the Wildlife Conservation Department was accused of obtaining a bribe while another officer of the department assisted him to obtain the bribe.The Wildlife Conservation Department officer had allegedly obtained a Rs. 15,000 bribe. Both officers were later arrested. (Colombo Gazette) read more