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Bates v. Dow Agrosciences LLC
Peanut farmers in Texas threatened to sue Dow Agrosciences in state court for damage to their crops allegedly caused by one of the company's herbicides. The farmers alleged that the herbicide violated Texas product labeling requirements. Dow brought a case to the federal district court alleging that FIFRA preempted the state court claims of the farmers. Both the district court and the Fifth Circuit ruled that FIFRA expressly prohibits any additional state labeling requirements. The Supreme Court granted certiorari to answer the preemption question.