Riceland Won't Have To Pay Into Tainted Rice Fund

Law360, New York (February 11, 2011, 6:21 PM EST) -- Riceland Foods Inc. doesn't have to contribute part of state court recovery to a federal common benefit trust fund related to a multidistrict litigation over Bayer AG's genetically modified rice that allegedly contaminated the food supply, a federal judge ruled Friday.

The trust fund would help pay the fees and expenses of attorneys who perform work benefiting all plaintiffs in the case, but while Riceland received a substantial benefit from the lead counsel’s work in the MDL, Judge Catherine D. Perry of the U.S. District Court...
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