Judge Won't Certify Classes In Bayer Rice Suit

Law360, New York (August 15, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has denied a bid to consolidate the claims of hundreds of farmers into a class action against Bayer CropScience AG over the alleged mishandling of genetically modified rice that contaminated the U.S. food supply.

In an order signed Aug. 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Judge Catherine D. Perry denied a motion by the 21 lead plaintiffs in the multidistrict litigation to certify the farmers' claims into one action. She said the claims for damages were too...
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