Bayer Hit For $2M In 1st Bellwether Rice Trial

Law360, New York (December 4, 2009, 8:12 PM EST) -- A federal jury on Friday found Bayer AG liable for contaminating the U.S. rice supply with two strains of genetically modified rice, awarding two farmers compensatory damages of about $2 million but declining to issue punitive damages.

The verdict in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri marked a victory for farmers Ken Bell and Johnny Hunter, who were awarded $1.955 million and $53,000, respectively, in the first bellwether trial in the multidistrict product liability litigation.

“Bayer was found liable for contaminating the...
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