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Washington justices uphold $18M fine in GMO-labeling case

Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has narrowly upheld an $18 million fine levied against an association of large food brands that funneled dark money into a state political campaign. The 5-4 decision Thursday found that the penalty against the Grocery Manufacturers Association — which is now known as the Consumer Brands Association — did not violate the U.S. Constitution’s ban on excessive fines. In 2013, the group contributed $11 million to help defeat a ballot initiative that would have required labeling of genetically engineered ingredients on food packaging. The Supreme Court previously upheld a ruling that the organization’s failure to disclose which companies contributed the money was an intentional campaign finance violation.


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