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Monsanto loses case against French farmer
Monsanto loses case against French farmer
Credit: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) (Public Domain)

On Wednesday France's highest appeals court rejected a bid by Monsanto to overturn a ruling against it in a suit brought by farmer Paul Francois. The farmer claimed to have suffered severe neurological damage from the firm's weed-killer Lasso and sued for more than a million euros in damages. The decision wraps up a long-running case that began in 2007 and included three previous rulings in favour of the cereal farmer from southwestern France.

A lower court found that Monsanto had not provided sufficient information on the risks of inhaling Lasso.

In April 2019, a court again found Monsanto responsible because the weed killer was a "Defective product".

That court ruled Monsanto should have warned about dangers posed by the product in closed tanks but did not say whether Lasso was fundamentally toxic or not.