Farmers in nearly a dozen states have filed a class action lawsuit against Monsanto over allegations of illegal herbicide use by growers which led to detrimental crop damage.
According to the St. Louis Business Journal, the suit, filed by the law firm Randles and Splittgerber, alleges Monsanto “allowed farmers to plant its Xtend cotton and soybeans, which are tolerant to the dicamba herbicide, without making available a safe herbicide to use with the crops. Growers allegedly then illegally used existing dicamba formulations which drifted and damaged crops in neighboring fields.”
Bev Randles of Randles and Splittgerber, a Kansas-city based law firm which filed a similar type of dicamba law suit on behalf of Bader Farms last year, said in a statement:
“Monsanto chose to sell these seeds before they could be safely cultivated. Monsanto’s own advertising repeatedly describes its Xtend seeds and its accompanying herbicide as a ‘system’ intended to be used together. But when Monsanto failed to get approval to sell the herbicide, it recklessly chose to go ahead and sell the seeds regardless.”
Hundreds of farmers are expected to join Steven and Doloris Landers, the lead plaintiffs on the case against Monsanto. Any farmer that resides in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas who believes they have been the victim of illegal dicamba contamination should immediately contact the law firm by clicking here.
Of course Monsanto has denied any liability and described the lawsuit as one “without merit”.
“This baseless lawsuit seeks an unprecedented expansion of the law by attempting to impose liability on a company that did not make the product that allegedly caused the damage, did not sell the product that allegedly caused the damage, and, in fact, warned against the very use of the product alleged in the complaint. This suit is simply an attempt to shift responsibility away from individuals who knowingly and intentionally broke state and federal law and harmed their neighbors in the process,” Monsanto claimed in their statement.
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