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But Monsanto Canada spokesperson Trish Jordan said the plaintiffs are wasting their time and money since Monsanto has never sued any producer for accidentally growing GM plants in their fields.
"I would suggest that they save their money because Monsanto has never sued any grower anywhere,'' Jordan said. "We have publicly committed that we would never sue a grower for an inadvertent presence of any of our (GM) traits that happened to have ended up at some low level in their field.
"It's never happened and it never will happen.''
While Monsanto may not have sued producers for inadvertently growing GM plants, they successfully sued Percy Schmeiser, a Bruno-area producer, for patent infringement.
In 2004, after a long legal battle between Monsanto and Schmeiser, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that growing GM plants constitutes use of the patented invention of GM plant cells.