Judge Tosses Atty Dispute Over Bayer MDL Settlement Fund

Law360, New York (May 13, 2013, 8:18 PM EDT) -- A Missouri federal judge on Monday dismissed a dispute between several groups of plaintiffs' attorneys over payments into a common benefit fund in a multidistrict litigation related to crop contamination by Bayer AG's genetically modified rice, ruling the court lacked jurisdiction over the suit.

According to U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry, the court lacked personal jurisdiction over claims brought by MDL co-lead counsel Don M. Downing and Adam J. Levitt that the so-called Phipps and Murray Groups of attorneys had unfairly used other attorneys' work...
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Case Title

In Re: Genetically Modified Rice Litigation


Case Number

4:06-md-01811

Court

Missouri Eastern

Nature of Suit

Prop. Damage Prod. Liability

Judge

Catherine D. Perry

Date Filed

December 19, 2006


Case Title

Downing et al v. Goldman Phipps PLLC et al


Case Number

4:13-cv-00206

Court

Missouri Eastern

Nature of Suit

Contract: Other

Judge

Catherine D. Perry

Date Filed

January 31, 2013

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