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Default Supreme Court hands Monsanto victory over farmers on GMO seed patents, ability to sue

Supreme Court hands Monsanto victory over farmers on GMO seed patents, ability to sue
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Published time: January 13, 2014 21:51
Edited time: January 15, 2014 10:42

?Supreme Court hands Monsanto victory over farmers on GMO seed patents, ability to sue ? RT USA
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The US Supreme Court upheld biotech giant Monsanto’s claims on genetically-engineered seed patents and the company’s ability to sue farmers whose fields are inadvertently contaminated with Monsanto materials.

The high court left intact Monday a federal appeals court decision that threw out a 2011 lawsuit from the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association and over 80 other plaintiffs against Monsanto that sought to challenge the agrochemical company’s aggressive claims on patents of genetically-modified seeds. The suit also aimed to curb Monsanto from suing anyone whose field is contaminated by such seeds.

The group of plaintiffs, which included many individual American and Canadian family farmers, independent seed companies and agricultural organizations, were seeking preemptive protections against Monsanto’s patents. The biotech leviathan has filed over…
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