Novartis Dodges Fraud Claims In Farmers’ Pesticide Suit

Law360, New York (August 28, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT) -- A federal judge on Monday stripped fraud claims from a long-running suit in which a group of New Jersey blueberry farmers have accused Novartis Crop Protection Inc. of manufacturing a pesticide that damaged their crops, saying such fraud claims are subsumed by New Jersey product liability law.

U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman agreed with Novartis’ contention that state and federal interpretation of the New Jersey Products Liability Act has consistently found that when the core issue in a suit is harm caused by a defendant's...
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