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Monday, January 13,2014

Supreme Court declines to hear case against Monsanto

Decision makes case effectively dead in the water

By Josh Gross

On January 2, Boulder Weekly reported that a brief had been filed with The U.S. Supreme Court to hear a class-action lawsuit against agro-beheamoth Monsanto.

"The brief is an effort to get the high court to hear and reinstate the OSGATA case, which now has a plaintiff group that has swelled to more than 300,000 individuals and 4,500 farms, along with numerous seed businesses and public advocacy groups, all of whom are seeking protection from potential Monsanto patent infringement lawsuits and the damages caused when Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE) pollen contaminates organic or non- GE crops by way of drift or other accidental means. The suit also seeks to invalidate Monsanto’s patents on 23 of the company’s GE crops," we wrote.

Late yesterday, the SCOTUS declined to hear the case.

"The Supreme Court failed to grasp the extreme predicament family farmers find themselves in," Maine organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen said in a press release.

 Though the plaintiff's are unlikely to let the case rest, the SCOTUS's refusal to hear the case makes it effectively dead in the water for the time being.

Boulder Weekly will continue to keep you updated as this story develops.

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