Lawsuits over Monsanto wheat centralized in Kansas

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ A lawsuit filed in Arkansas against Monsanto over the
May 2013 discovery of an isolated field of genetically engineered wheat in
Oregon has now landed in federal court in Kansas.

The assignment Thursday of the Arkansas case to U.S. District Judge Kathryn
Vratil marks the latest transfer of litigation since a federal judicial panel
centralized several lawsuits against St. Louis-based Monsanto. The consolidated
pretrial proceedings are all in Kansas.

The panel first transferred four civil actions last October, and it has since
transferred nine others.

Lawsuits were initially filed in Kansas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Missouri,
Louisiana, Oregon, Texas, Mississippi, Washington, Arkansas and Idaho.

Monsanto has contended no legal liability exists given the care undertaken, and
it has vowed to present a vigorous defense to the lawsuits.

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