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Monsanto settles with Nelsons in soybean seed dispute

(Nov. 1, 2001 CropChoice news) Roger, Rodney and Greg Nelson have agreed to a settlement with Monsanto in its lawsuit against them. The St. Louis-based biotechnology and chemical corporation had alleged that the North Dakota family of farmers had infringed the patent on its Roundup-resistant soybeans popularly known as Roundup Ready by saving the seed for their own use.

The Nelsons denied the claims. Neither crop test results that seemed to confirm their innocence nor a North Dakota State Seed Arbitration Board finding of no wrongdoing on their part dissuaded Monsanto from dropping the case.

The settlement includes a confidentiality agreement.