Corn industry: 'corn sugar' suit stifles speech

AP News
Posted: Oct 23, 2011 2:32 PM
Corn industry: 'corn sugar' suit stifles speech

A representative for the corn industry says sugar makers should compete in the marketplace instead of the courtroom over the use of the term "corn sugar."

A federal judge ruled Friday that a lawsuit can go forward as the sugar industry seeks to stop the use of the term "corn sugar" for high fructose corn syrup.

Audrae Erickson, president of the Corn Refiners Association, said Sunday that sugar makers are attempting to shut down free speech.

Erickson praised the judge for granting a defense motion to drop individual corn companies as defendants, leaving only the trade association, and dismissing a part of the lawsuit claiming that the corn industry violated California law in addition to federal regulations.

Sugar industry lawyers who brought the suit say the ruling is "very encouraging."