Monsanto Liable For Farmer's Illness: French Court

Law360, New York (February 13, 2012, 9:31 PM ET) -- A French court on Monday reportedly found Missouri-based Monsanto Co. liable for poisoning a farmer who used the company's herbicide Lasso in 2004.

The court in Lyon ruled that grain farmer Paul Francois' nausea, stuttering, dizziness, headaches and muscular pain was the result of his use of Lasso, according to a report by Agence France-Presse.

Lasso, Monsanto's brand-name version of the herbicide alachlor, is an herbicide used to control weeds in corn, peanut and soybean crops, among others. It is a restricted use pesticide in the...
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