In essence, the Minnesota statute offers a right of first refusal to incumbent electric transmission owners to construct and maintain federally approved transmission lines. LSP Transmission Holdings has sued, alleging that this statute is anti-competitive and a violation of the Commerce Clause. A few other states have similar laws in place, so the decision made on this case will likely set an important precedent.
When Monsanto introduced dicamba-resistant soybeans for the first time, 200 dicamba spraying complaints were lodged in Missouri, with a host of aggravation for farmers, businessmen, and scientists on both sides of the issues. In fact, —a dicamba dispute between two Arkansas farmers even led to one farmer’s death and a murder indictment for the other. Farmers from Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas have been deemed eligible to join a class-action lawsuit against Monsanto because of the alleged dicamba drift damage suffered byto their crops.