Organic canola farmers in Canada have been involved in a longstanding suit against Monsanto asking for compensation for the loss of their organic market due to “extensive contamination of canola seed and cross-pollination by GMO varieties.” The denial by the Supreme Court is not based on the merits of the case, but on it as a class action, and the plaintiff’s plan to continue the fight. More info the recent action and the background of this story at: http://www.cban.ca/
An old principle of English common law that made it’s way over to the North Americam colonies was that of “Neighborhood Effect”. Summed up, we have good neighborhood effect when I grow apples and you, my neighbor, raise bees. You get honey from my flowers, I get pollination from your workers. We cross the fence for the good. Bad neighborhood effect is when I raise flowers and you raise cattle and your cattle get into my field. In common law you were expected to pay damages, and to keep your cattle contained. It’s pretty simple. My kids get it (“when the music in your room keeps me awake, we have an issue with neighborhood effect”). The courts don’t???