Farmer v. Monsanto
- Case Date: 12/19/2001
- Project Name: Class Action Reform
On April 8, 2003, the South Carolina Supreme Court issued a decision that prevents plaintiffs' attorneys from using South Carolina courts as forums for filing unwarranted nationwide class actions. The decision is a victory for WLF, which filed a brief in the case urging the court to cut back on class actions. The court agreed with WLF that a South Carolina law known as the Door Closing Statute prohibits class actions from including claims on behalf of out-of-state plaintiffs unless those plaintiffs' causes of action arose within South Carolina. This case was an effort by plaintiffs' attorneys to file a nationwide class action against Monsanto, alleging that genetically modified cotton seeds provided by Monsanto were defective.
More Information and Downloads:
12/18/2001: Download the Brief
Litigation Update: Court Bars Forum Shopping By Class-Action Attorneys
Press Release: Court Urged To Bar Forum Shopping By Class-Action Attorneys