Farmers Reap $1.5M Verdict In Bayer Rice MDL

Law360, New York (February 8, 2010, 7:00 PM EST) -- A federal jury has placed Bayer AG on the hook for $1.5 million owed to three farmers whose revenues sank after a strain of Bayer's precommercial genetically modified rice infiltrated their fields.

In the second of five bellwether trials scheduled in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri to facilitate the resolution of nearly 6,000 claims against the German company's Cropscience unit, a jury determined Friday that the farmers' crops, and livelihood, were harmed by the rice strain that had been engineered to...
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