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Lawsuit Against the Monsanto Corporation

In 1997, FET facilitated the filing of a class action lawsuit against Monsanto, Syngenta, Aventis, and Pioneer in the United States District Court in St. Louis on behalf of United States farmers. The complaint alleges that the four companies formed a global cartel through which they fixed prices on genetically modified seeds, and conspired to restrain trade in the GM corn and soybean seed markets.



Financial Times, Life Science Groups Face Lawsuits, September 13, 1999

Financial Times, Jeremy Rifkin and Farmers to Launch Anti-Monopoly Biotech Lawsuit in 30 Nations, September 13, 1999

Reuters, Rifkin Sues Frankenfood Giant, December 14, 1999

New York Times, Monsanto Sued Over the Use of Biotechnology in Developing Seeds, December 15, 1999

Washington Post, 6 Farmers in Class Action vs. Monsanto, December 15, 1999

New York Times, Judge Allows Antitrust Case Against Seed Producers, September 24, 2003

New York Times, Bias Issue Arises for Monsanto Case Judge, January 9, 2004

New York Times, Conflict Issue Won't Force Judge Off Pricing Case, January 20, 2004

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