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Green Plains ethanol lawsuit against ADM dismissed

Federal court says Green Plains cannot re-file ethanol market claims

A federal court has again dismissed a Green Plains Inc. ethanol market lawsuit against ADM, this time ruling Green Plains would not be allowed to re-file the claims.

Progressive Farmer reports Green Plains filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in the District of Nebraska in October 2021. The lawsuit alleged ADM committed tortious interference with a Green Plains ethanol contract when ADM conducted an alleged scheme to illegally depress the ethanol cash market beginning in 2017.

That case was transferred to the U.S. District Court for the District of Central Illinois, where two other anti-trust cases are pending against ADM.

The Illinois court ruled late last week that Green Plains did not state a claim and failed to identify specific contracts with which ADM allegedly interfered.

Because the court dismissed the case with prejudice, it means Green Plains cannot re-file the claims with the court.

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