Claims Over Bayer Modified Rice Kept In Federal Court

Law360, New York (March 25, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has refused to remand to state court 34 cases brought by farmers alleging that Bayer CropScience mishandled genetically modified rice that contaminated the U.S. supply.

In an order Tuesday, Judge Catherine D. Perry of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri refused to impose sanctions on the plaintiffs in the cases. The suits are among 200 cases in a multidistrict litigation pending before the judge.

Farmers bringing the suits, filed in Texas state courts, accuse Texas seed rice seller Jacko...
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