February 15, 2012 / 5:13 PM / 6 years ago

Farmers sue to regain control of Canadian Wheat Board

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - A group of farmers and other supporters of the Canadian Wheat Board’s grain marketing monopoly are launching a class-action lawsuit aimed at restoring farmer control of the board and collecting C$17 billion ($17 billion) in damages for farmers.

The lawsuit, launched by Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board and the law firm Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP, is the second such action.

The Conservative government passed legislation in December ending the board’s marketing monopoly over Western Canada’s wheat and barley for milling or export, as of August 2012.

Reporting by Rod Nickel; editing by Rob Wilson

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