A settlement of up to $750 million was reached with Germany-based Bayer on behalf of U.S. rice farmers in the ongoing series of rice contamination lawsuits that go back to 2006. Gray Ritter Graham attorney Don Downing led the negotiations with Bayer on behalf of the farmers. Downing also was the lead trial lawyer in the three bellwether trials conducted in federal court, and is the court-appointed co-lead counsel in the multidistrict litigation. The settlement covers all U.S. long-grain rice producers (farmers and crop share landlords) who planted rice between 2006 and 2010, not just those who have already filed a lawsuit against Bayer.
“It can be a complicated process for farmers to document and file their claims,” Downing said. “To make sure farmers receive all of what they are due, I strongly recommend that they seek legal counsel to obtain and complete all necessary documents required by the settlement agreement.”
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