Volume 92 Issue 3 | p. 8 | News of The Week
Issue Date: January 20, 2014

Monsanto Seed Case Closed

Intellectual Property: Supreme Court refuses to revive challenge to company’s ability to sue for damages
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: Monsanto, genetically modified, engineered seeds, patents

Monsanto has pursued more than 800 patent infringement cases against farmers who the agribusiness giant says have intentionally planted its genetically engineered seeds without paying for the technology.

Hoping to avoid a similar fate, a group of organic farmers and seed sellers filed a lawsuit in 2011. Their intent was to block Monsanto from suing farmers if their crops were found to inadvertently contain traces of the company’s herbicide-resistant genes.

The plaintiffs, led . . .

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