Legal jam: Strawberry scientist is sued over the fruits of his research

This photo taken April 7, 2014, shows Douglas Shaw, a UC Davis plant science professor walking through strawberry fields in Watsonville, Calif. Shaw spent his career toiling in the fields in California to grow the perfect strawberry, one that was plump and bright red yet remained sweet even after the long trip to grocery stores across the country. When the professor retired from the University of California at Davis and set up his own strawberry-breeding business, though, he found himself in a legal jam. In a case set for trial in federal court later this month, the university is suing Shaw and his scientific partner, saying they stole the school's intellectual property by taking some of the fruits of their research with them. (Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times via AP)

FRESNO, Calif. – Plant scientist Douglas Shaw spent his career toiling in the California fields to grow the perfect strawberry, one that was plump and bright red yet remained sweet even after the long trip to grocery stores across the country.

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