By: Tory Brecht

A prohibition against farmers and small dealers importing John Deere equipment from Europe and re-selling it in the domestic market was reversed, at least temporarily, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

In May 2004 before the International Trade Commission, Deere accused 28 farmers and agricultural equipment importers and exporters of “gray marketing” forage harvesters. The European harvesters that were similar, but less expensive, than U.S. version machines were being sold for between $50,000 and $70,000 less to farmers in the United States.

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