Schmeiser Sues Monsanto

December 3, 2007 | Roger McEowen

 

Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser who lost a previous legal battle over the unauthorized presence of the company’s genetically modified patented canola on his farm, has sued Monsanto.  The basis of the lawsuit is Schmeiser’s claim that Monsanto’s modified seeds should be considered contamination after they continued to grow on his property after he had switched to other crops.  Monsanto agreed to remove the unwanted plants if Schmeiser signed a document containing a non-disclosure statement and an assurance that Schmeiser would never sue Monsanto.  Schmeiser refused and filed suit.  Trial is set for January 23, 2008.