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9th Circuit upholds lower court dismissal of AZM reregistration challenge

Pesticide manufacturers have won a key legal victory as a federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that dismissed a challenge to EPA's 2006 decision to reregister azinphos-methyl (AZM). The 2-1 ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals concludes the plaintiffs erred in filing their case in district court and could result in several similar reregistration challenges brought by farmworker and environmental groups being dismissed on jurisdictional grounds.



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