Delta and Pine Lane Co., Scott, Miss., commercial breeder, producer and marketer of cotton planting seed, announces that in its litigation against Monsanto Co. and Pharmacia, the Mississippi Supreme Court has granted D&PL's petitions to appeal two rulings from the trial court. As a result of these rulings, the Mississippi Supreme Court will hear D&PL's appeals immediately instead of after trial. The case relates to the failed 1998 merger between the two companies.

One petition related to an appeal of an order regarding D&PL's damage claims. The second petition sought permission to appeal a discovery ruling relating to documents that Monsanto had claimed to be immune from disclosure under the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine.

Additionally, D&PL has filed a motion with the trial court to amend its complaint to add a claim against Monsanto and Pharmacia for fraudulently inducing D&PL to extend the deadline to complete its merger with Monsanto in 1999.

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