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Appetite for Litigation: Why Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Hunger for Food-Labeling Lawsuits

The food industry has become a fertile ground for class action lawsuits over the last few years and shows no signs of slowing down. New cases are decided daily. There are several factors that drive this trend and that are...more

Third Circuit Affirms First-Filed Rule to Nix Toxic Tort Forum Shopping

Chastising the Plaintiffs for forum shopping, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld a district court’s decision to dismiss a matter with prejudice on the grounds that the Plaintiffs had previously...more

Rice Capades: Court Certifies a Class of Lead Lawyers Against Defendant Law Firms Who Allegedly Used the Class’s Work Product in...

The Eastern District of Missouri certified an unusual class of lawyers and their clients who undertook a collective effort to litigate claims against Bayer related to the purported “contamination” of the U.S. rice supply by...more

Release of Personal Information Called ‘Unlawful’ and a ‘Threat to Privacy’ in Appeals Brief

After a federal district court dismissed a case filed against the EPA, thereby upholding the validity of the EPA's public release of personal information about farmers and their families, the American Farm Bureau Federation...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - October 2014 #2

In This Issue: - RECENT SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS AND RULINGS ..Court rules that ‘Kosher’ suit poses religious question; dismisses with prejudice ..Settlement terms approved in stevia sweetener...more

Bowman v Monsanto in an Australian context

Most will be aware by now of the recent US Supreme Court decision, Bowman v Monsanto Co.,569 US (2013). One question that remains is what would have been the outcome if like facts had arisen in Australia and were considered...more

Monsanto Files Complaint to Prevent Farmer from Harvesting Patented Seeds for Resale and Planting

On February 5, 2014, Monsanto Company and Monsanto Technology, LLC (“Monsanto”) filed a complaint in the Middle District of Georgia asserting willful patent infringement against a farmer (Christopher Ponder and Chris Ponder...more

Is Inventive Step In New Zealand “Udderly” Ridiculous?...And Will It Improve Under The New Legislation?

Under the present regime in New Zealand, the objection that a patent application lacks an inventive step is not available during prosecution and the burden of proof required to show a lack of inventive step in an opposition...more

Germany approves "group action" rights for animal protection activist organizations

Germany’s most populous state has adopted a law, already in effect, allowing so-called group actions in cases involving animal protection. The new act (Gesetz über das Verbandsklagerecht und Mitwirkungsrechte für...more

Organic Seed Growers & Trade Ass'n v. Monsanto Co. (Fed. Cir. 2013)

Somewhat lost in the hubbub over the Supreme Court's ruling in AMP v. Myriad was the Federal Circuit's decision, just a few days earlier, in Organic Seed Growers & Trade Ass'n v. Monsanto Co. That case is the latest windmill...more

Seed of Patent Infringement Germinates Between Organic Farmers and Monsanto

In a significant legal decision with a connection to Vermont’s farming community, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed that organic farmers cannot obtain a judicial declaration to prevent...more

Federal Circuit Review - Volume 3 | Issue 6 June 2013

In This Issue: • Judgment of Infringement Entered as Sanction • Patent Exhaustion Does Not Apply to Harvested Seeds • Judges Disagree on § 101 Standards • Litigation Is Not a Domestic Industry - Excerpt...more

Monsanto Avoids Declaratory Judgment Action Brought by Organic Farmers

In Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association v. Monsanto Co., the Federal Circuit dismissed the plaintiffs’ declaratory judgment action against Monsanto, but in so doing held that Monsanto would be judicially estopped from...more

Monsanto Averts Declaratory Judgment Suit

On June 10, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that Monsanto’s representation that it would not pursue farmers and seed sellers for patent infringement if they inadvertently use Monsanto’s patented...more

If Patented Technology Can Copy Itself, When Do Patent Rights Cease?

Patent rights in a patented self-replicating technology, such as seeds, continue until the patent term is ended and not before. On May 13, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Bowman v. Monsanto that the patent rights in seeds are...more

Patent Exhaustion Doctrine Does Not Protect Farmers Who Replant Patented Seeds

In a brief, unanimous opinion written by Justice Kagan, the Supreme Court yesterday agreed with Monsanto that the patent exhaustion doctrine does not enable farmers to replant and reproduce patented seeds without the...more

Patent Watch: Bowman v. Monsanto Co.

On May 13, 2013, in Bowman v. Monsanto Co., the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Federal Circuit's affirmance of the district court's judgment that Bowman infringed U.S. Patents No. 5,352,605 and No. RE39,247, which related to...more

Bowman v. Monsanto

Supreme Court Ruling on Patent Rights of Self-Replicating Technology

Full text copy of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Bowman v. Monsanto Co. et al that Monsanto’s patent rights extend to future generations of its patented seeds. From Joe Barnes at the Washington Post: “Farmers must pay...more

Bowman v. Monsanto: Oral Argument

The Supreme Court heard oral argument today in Bowman v. Monsanto Co., with Mark P. Walters representing Farmer Bowman, Seth Waxman representing Monsanto, and Melissa Arbus Sherry representing the Department of Justice. ...more

Parties Reiterate Arguments from Certiorari Petitions in Briefs to Supreme Court

On the brink of oral argument before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, it may be helpful to reiterate (as do the parties) the arguments from Petitioner Farmer Bowman and Respondent Monsanto, Inc. in Bowman v. Monsanto....more

WLF Files Amicus Brief in Support of Respondents in Bowman v. Monsanto

In an amicus brief filed in support of respondents Monsanto Co. et al. last month, the Washington Legal Foundation (WLF) asked the Supreme Court to affirm that petitioner Vernon Bowman infringed Monsanto's patents on...more

It Ain't Necessarily So Down on the Farm: Not All Farmers Agree with Farmer Bowman in Bowman v. Monsanto

The "conventional wisdom" surrounding the Bowman v. Monsanto case now before the Supreme Court on certiorari is that it is "David v. Goliath," the salt-of-the-earth farmer versus the corporate monolith, and an example of the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Review Case That May Impact Patented Stem Cell Technologies

On October 5, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review the issue of whether the Federal Circuit erred by (1) refusing to find patent exhaustion that eliminates the right to control or prohibit the use of an invention...more

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