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US court rejects growers' Monsanto suit appeal

A US appeals court has upheld a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit by organic farming groups against Monsanto over genetically modified crops. The lawsuit was filed in 2011 in an attempt to prevent farmers from being sued by Monsanto for patent infringement in the event of their crops being contaminated by GMOs. The US District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed the case in February 2012 and the organic crop growers appealed the ruling in July (Agrow No 644, p 15). The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rejected the appeal this month, noting that Monsanto has made binding reassurances that it will not "take legal action against growers whose crops might inadvertently contain traces of Monsanto biotech genes" and the appellants have "not alleged any circumstances placing them beyond the scope of those assurances".

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