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Submission + - Monsanto found guilty of chemical poisoning in France! (guardian.co.uk) 1

Tasha26 writes: Maybe those 300,000 farmers will have a little cheer this week. A french farmer who suffered neurological problems (incl. memory loss, headaches and stammering) after inhaling Monsanto's Lasso weedkiller in 2004, sued the company for chemical poisoning and won. Monsanto said it was disappointed by the ruling and would examine whether to appeal against the judgment. Meanwhile the farmer was asked to establish the amount of damages caused.
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Submission + - First Brit prosecuted over Twitter Libel (bbc.co.uk)

Tasha26 writes: A former town Mayor, Colin Elsbury, made legal history yesterday by being first Brit to pay damages for libel on Twitter. His tweet on polling day said "It's not in our nature to deride our opponents however Eddie Talbot had to be removed by the Police from a polling station" amounted to pure election slur. The Twitter libel was settled at Cardiff High Court with total bill hitting £53,000 (£3,000 compensation + £50,000 legal fees). The fine works out at more than £2,400 per word. After Courtney Love recent £260k settlement in a Twibel case, this case reaffirms that anything posted in the public domain is subject to libel laws.

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