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Legal News
13 Jan 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] on Tuesday approved legislation [press release] that gives governments increased power in deciding whether to "restrict or ban the cultivation of" genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The new legislation has come "in response to Europeans' growing concerns about GMOs," and is aimed at "further reducing … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2014
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] European Union [official website] politicians on Tuesday approved [press release] a plan [EU backgrounder] allowing nations to ban genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on their soil. The plan, a compromise reached in June, gives national governments the final say in deciding on the use of EU-approved GMOs. Parliament's Committee on … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Colorado voters on Tuesday rejected Proposition 105 [text, PDF], a measure that would have required companies to label foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). According to preliminary results, the measure received only about 32 percent voter approval, with 68 percent opposed [Reuters report]. Supporters of the measure argued [Denver … [read more]


Legal News
6 Aug 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] Voters on Tuesday voted on a statewide referendum in Missouri to decide an amendment [text; PDF] to the state constitution that would provide a "right to farm." If enacted, Amendment 1 will guarantee the rights of Missourians to "engage in farming and ranching practices," potentially invalidating local and state … [read more]


Legal News
10 May 2014
by G. Redd

[JURIST] Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin [official website] on Thursday signed [press release] a bill [HB 112 materials], requiring the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) [FDA backgrounder]. This is the first legislation in the US to require food producers to disclose GMO material. Food labels must reveal GMO … [read more]


Legal News
8 Feb 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] signed into law [press release] on Friday a $956 billion farm bill [text, PDF] providing expanded crop insurance and other benefits for the agricultural sector. The bill passed the Senate [New York Times report] last week with a bipartisan vote. Beyond expanding federal … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Monday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a suit against Monsanto [corporate website] challenging its patents on genetically modified seeds. The suit was filed by farmers that have no desire to sow the genetically modified seeds as a preemptive action … [read more]


Legal News
13 May 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled unanimously Monday in Bowman v. Monsanto [SCOTUSblog backgrounder; JURIST report] that a farmer who buys patented seeds may not reproduce them through planting and harvesting without the patent holder's permission. Monsanto [corporate website; JURIST news archive] holds a patent [text] on genetically-modified … [read more]


Legal News
28 Mar 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled unanimously Wednesday in Millbrook v. US [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] that the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) [28 USC § 1346] and exceptions [28 USC § 2680(h)] to it, waive the immunity of prison guards who commit intentional torts that are within … [read more]


Legal News
20 Feb 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard arguments Tuesday in Bowman v. Monsanto [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on the scope of a Monsanto [corporate website; JURIST news archive] patent [text] on genetically-modified seeds that utilizes Roundup Ready [product website] technology. The seeds are altered to "self replicate," which means … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday granted seven new cases [order list, PDF]. In Bowman v. Monsanto Co. [docket; cert petition, PDF], the court will review the scope of a Monsanto [corporate website; JURIST news archive] patent [text] on genetically-modified seeds that utilizes Roundup Ready [official profile] … [read more]


Legal News
9 Sep 2011
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] ruled [case materials; press release, PDF] Thursday that France's ban on the cultivation of a genetically modified (GM) maize was illegal. Although France has the right to impose a ban on GM maize, the court stated that France acted illegally by … [read more]


Legal News
23 Mar 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] Advocate General Paolo Mengozzi on Tuesday issued an opinion [text, in French] declaring that a French ban on cultivating genetically modified (GM) crops is illegal. In 2008, France sought to prohibit production within its borders of MON 810, a GM strain of … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] A federal judge on Tuesday ordered [judgment, PDF] the destruction of a crop of genetically-engineered (GE) sugar beets because of the potential harmful effect the plants may have on surrounding flora, the first such order to be issued in the US. The suit was filed in September by Earthjustice … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Germany's Federal Constitutional Court [official website, in German] on Wednesday upheld restrictions [judgment, in German; press release] on the use of genetically modified (GM) crops. The German state of Saxony-Anhalt had challenged the 2008 law, which requires "buffer zones" between GM and conventional crops. The law also mandates that … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jun 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-1 in Monsanto Company v. Geerston Seed Farms [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the district court abused its discretion when it issued a nationwide injunction against a genetically modified alfalfa seed. The district court … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Tuesday in Monsanto Company v. Geertson Seed Farms [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on what conditions must be met to obtain a nationwide injunction prohibiting the planting of genetically engineered crops. … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Tuesday in Monsanto Company v. Geertson Seed Farms [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on what conditions must be met to obtain a nationwide injunction prohibiting the planting of genetically engineered crops. … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Friday granted certiorari [order list, DOC] in five cases. In Doe v. Reed [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will consider whether the First Amendment allows a state to compel the release of identity information about petition signers. The … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] The Seoul High Court on Thursday ordered Dow Chemical [corporate website] and Monsanto [corporate website] to pay $65.2 million in damages for the negligent manufacture of defoliants used during the Vietnam War, including Agent Orange [Wikipedia backgrounder]. The money is to go to over 20,000 Korean veterans who were … [read more]

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