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Organic Farmers' Preemptive Lawsuit Against Monsanto Patents Tossed Out For Being A Bit Too Preemptive

from the can't-declare-just-yet dept

Monsanto has quite a track record of going after farmers for making use of its "patented" seeds, even in a case that involve seeds that blew onto a farm from a neighboring farm. So, it wasn't entirely surprising to see a group of organic farmers preemptively sue Monsanto last year, asking for a declaratory judgment that they did not infringe. However, the judge in the case has now dismissed the case, noting that for a declaratory judgment, there has to be a real conflict, and Monsanto keeps insisting that it won't sue these farmers. From a legal standpoint, this argument makes sense (and the declaratory judgment standard can be pretty high in some cases -- especially if no direct threat has been issued). But, it still seems unfortunate. Given Monsanto's past actions in other cases, even if it says it won't sue now, plenty of farmers are reasonably scared about what will happen down the road. But, for now, they just have to wait and hope that Monsanto seeds don't show up on their farms...

Filed Under: declaratory judgment, organic farmers, patents, seeds
Companies: monsanto


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    missmeghan, 26 Mar 2012 @ 8:12pm

    consider all angles

    there is currently legislation being considered to mandate the labeling of gm ingredients in our food. if consumers are given the choice, monsanto will face incredible losses. we should all be paying attention to these cases. these sociopathic giants will be brought to justice, and the meek shall... you know the rest.

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