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US farmers press for "pre-emptive" suit against Monsanto

A coalition of farmers, seed companies and public advocacy groups has asked the US Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that barred them from suing Monsanto to pre-emptively stop the company from pursuing litigation against the farmers if traces of its patented genes are found in organic or other non-genetically modified crops. The appeal, filed on September 5th, seeks to reverse the June decision of the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that upheld a district court ruling in favour of Monsanto (Agrow No 666, p 13).


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