Federal judge dismisses farmers’ class action suit against Monsanto

Farmers sought protection against potential patent infringement lawsuits

After losing a poisoning lawsuit earlier this month, Monsanto Co. got a courtroom victory last week when a federal judge tossed out a class action lawsuit that a group of farmers had filed against the agriculture giant.

Dozens of plaintiffs—including the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association—sued the St. Louis-based company in March 2011, seeking court protection against possible patent infringement lawsuits. The farmers, none of whom use Monsanto’s patented seeds, feared legal action if their crops were accidentally contaminated with the company’s genetically modified seeds.

Alanna Byrne

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