On Jan. 9, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina ruled in favor of Makhteshim Agan regarding litigation initiated by BASF Agro BV and Bayer SAS in April 2010. The Court granted a motion for summary judgment, and found that Makhteshim Agan North America's and Control Solution Inc.'s fipronil insecticide product, would not infringe the patents remaining in litigation.
In June 2011, MAI’s affiliate CSI launched sales of fipronil based products under the brand names Taurus for the professional pest control market and Prefurred for companion animal use. MAI’s Taurus is the first major generic version of fipronil, a widely-used broad spectrum insecticide, to become available in the US.
"The addition of fipronil to our product portfolio has strengthened our position as a comprehensive provider of simple effective crop protection and related solutions, and has further broadened our capabilities to supply more solutions to our customers," said Shaul Friedland, Head of MAI’s Americas region. "In creating Taurus, MAI has taken advantage of novel, advanced technologies to design a new manufacturing process these capabilities will continue to support our portfolio expansion. We plan to launch new fipronil-based products to other markets."