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At Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C., our agriculture attorneys handle agricultural litigation cases where large companies take advantage of small farmers; however, we have the resources and experience to represent a range of farmers—both large and small—as well as other exporters, distributors, and agriculture-related businesses in the supply chain.
Our law firm normally takes cases on a contingency basis, such as those involving complex business disputes, class actions, and mass torts against major companies. Our clients in Missouri, Illinois, and nationwide typically don’t pay anything unless we obtain a verdict or settlement for them.contact us
The agricultural litigation lawyers at Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C. have represented farmers in a variety of class action and mass tort claims against big corporations like Syngenta and Bayer/ Monsanto. Our deep understanding of the food and agriculture industry is fueled by our experience, as evidenced below:
In 2015, Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C. attorney Don Downing was appointed a national co-lead plaintiffs’ counsel in multidistrict litigation involving U.S. corn growers’ claims that actions by Switzerland-based Syngenta with its genetically modified strains of corn led to the loss of a chief market for U.S. corn, causing them economic harm.
In the first certified state class action bellwether trial in 2017, he and the other co-lead plaintiffs’ counsel won a $217.7 million verdict on behalf of Kansas corn farmers. That verdict amount equaled 100 percent of actual damages requested by co-lead counsel.
In 2018, this outcome led to a $1.51 billion settlement obtained by Downing and the other co-lead plaintiff’s counsel for farmers around the country. It is believed to be the largest agricultural settlement in U.S. history.
Learn more about this case: Final Approval Given for $1.51 Billion Syngenta Corn Class Action Settlement
Don Downing at Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C. was appointed national co-lead counsel for U.S. rice farmers and other businesses in multidistrict litigation when strains of Bayer’s genetically modified rice contaminated U.S. long-grain rice supply. With the European Union not importing genetically modified rice, U.S. rice prices plummeted.
After serving as lead counsel in a series of successful bellwether trials, Downing obtained a $750 million global settlement in the litigation. Additional settlement payments to affected businesses brought total plaintiff settlement payments to over $1 billion.
Learn more about this case: $750 Million Settlement Reached in Bayer Contaminated Rice Lawsuits
Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C. attorney Don Downing was appointed Chair of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the dicamba multidistrict litigation pending in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri.
The ruling places Downing as lead plaintiffs’ counsel and head of the nine-attorney Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, which is representing farmers in several states who have filed lawsuits over off-target movement of Monsanto’s dicamba, alleging it is a harmful and highly toxic herbicide that causes damage to adjacent crops, thus, reducing other farmers’ yields.
On February 14, 2020, a jury awarded $15 million in compensatory damages and the next day awarded $250 million in punitive in damages to Bader Farms – a peach grower in southeastern Missouri – in the first trial in the multidistrict litigation involving U.S. farmers suing Monsanto and BASF over crop damages they suffered from off-target movement of sprayed dicamba herbicide: Bader Farms v. Monsanto, et al., 1:16cv299
Agricultural litigation can be extremely complex and requires knowledge of the economics and science behind modern farming. For this reason, having experienced legal counsel in this field is crucial to the success of your claim. At Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C., our farming clients benefit from our ability to draw from a deep bench of lawyers with extensive experience and access to top specialists in the field.
We leverage a broad network of resources, teamwork, and the confidence that comes from legal knowledge and thorough preparation to help food businesses harness the power of the civil justice system. In the multi-billion dollar agricultural industry, damages to farmers are often significant. Our goal is to help you obtain just compensation for your losses.
Large corporations often prioritize profits over people. These powerful agribusinesses make wrongful or negligent decisions that have far-reaching impacts on small farmers who are trying to earn a living in this industry.
If a large company has committed an injustice that caused you devastating financial harm or affected your ability to successfully operate your farming business, contact Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C.
When you need to pursue legal action against an international corporation, it can be daunting. Our firm effectively levels the playing field between small farmers and the big corporations whose actions harm their livelihood.
Backed by decades of combined experience and extensive resources, Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C. has built our firm with the simple goal of taking care of good people. Let us take care of you as we take on big agribusinesses whose negligence has seriously harmed your farm’s bottom line.
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