Monsanto Co v. Arkansas State Plant Board et al

CV-17-5964
October 20, 2017
Provisional judgment
United States, Arkansas, Pulaski County

Economic stakeholders
Monsanto
Arkansas State Plant Board
No description

Administrative
Herbicide, Dicamba, Xtendimax
Block the prohibition of Dicamba herbicides in Summer in Arkansas.
Circuit Court of Arkansas, Pulaski County, United States
Court

February 16, 2018
Partially Positive
Judge Chris Piazza dismissed Monsanto's lawsuit citing a recent Arkansas Supreme Court ruling which held that the state cannot be made a defendant in court.
State law
No description

The lawsuit seeks to block the Arkansas State Plant Board from prohibiting the use of dicamba herbicides, manufactured by Monsanto and BASF SE, during summer when the products are meant to be sprayed on soybeans and cotton genetically engineered by Monsanto to resist the chemical. On Nov. 17, 2017, a request to halt following year's ban was added to the lawsuit over the board's decision in 2016 to prohibit the use of dicamba. Lawsuit was dismissed in Feb. 2018, but Monsanto appealed to the Supreme Court, which rejected part of the lawsuit in June 2019 because new regulations in place had rendered some of the company's initial claims moot. Monsanto argued that the Arkansas law setting up the board was an unconstitutional delegation of powers.On Dec. 19, 2019, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled that a portion of the state law that allows various agriculture groups to name representatives to the state Plant Board is unconstitutional.