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US FIFRA pre-emption case revived

A US court has again ruled on the vexed question of whether companies can claim that state lawsuits over alleged pesticide defects are pre-empted by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has revisited a case over farmers’ claims against Novartis (now Syngenta) that dates back to the 1990s ( Agrow No 504, p 8).



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