Bayer, BASF Hit With $265M Verdict In First Dicamba Trial

By Cara Salvatore (February 16, 2020, 4:48 PM EST) -- A federal jury awarded $15 million in compensatory damages Friday and $250 million in punitive damages Saturday in the first trial over claims that dicamba makers Bayer unit Monsanto and BASF were liable for the decimation of a large Missouri peach farm due to a neighboring cotton farm's use of the weedkiller.

The verdict sheets — like many other key documents in the case — aren't publicly available. But the docket indicates that the $15 million in compensatory damages is against both companies and that the $250 million in punitive damages is against Monsanto. A lawyer for the plaintiff said Monday the...

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