Bayer Aims To Cork Mention Of BP Spill In Rice MDL

By Mike Cherney (June 16, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT) -- BP PLC has an unlikely ally in capping the public relations fallout from its ongoing oil leak: Bayer CropScience AG, which recently asked a judge to ban references to the spill in an upcoming trial over the impact of Bayer's genetically modified rice on farmers in Louisiana.

Bayer filed its motion Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, where the third bellwether trial, involving plaintiffs from Louisiana, is set to begin June 21 in multidistrict litigation.

The farmers say Bayer's rice contaminated the U.S. rice supply.

In response to the motion, the court decided Wednesday that...

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