Judge Tosses Atty Dispute Over Bayer MDL Settlement Fund

Law360, New York (May 13, 2013, 8:18 PM EDT) -- A Missouri federal judge on Monday dismissed a dispute between several groups of plaintiffs' attorneys over payments into a common benefit fund in a multidistrict litigation related to crop contamination by Bayer AG's genetically modified rice, ruling the court lacked jurisdiction over the suit.

According to U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry, the court lacked personal jurisdiction over claims brought by MDL co-lead counsel Don M. Downing and Adam J. Levitt that the so-called Phipps and Murray Groups of attorneys had unfairly used other attorneys' work...
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