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Thousands of farmers have filed complaints with state agencies regarding off-target movement of dicamba, a harmful and highly toxic herbicide that causes damage to adjacent crops. As use has increased since the system was commercialized, dicamba drift has caused devastating crop damage that reduces other farmers’ yields.
If you or anyone you know has experienced any dicamba damage, please contact Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C. Our agricultural litigation team, led by Don Downing, has been at the forefront of many successful financial outcomes across the country. We help economically-damaged farmers in their pursuit of justice against large agricultural companies. Let us put our years of experience to work for you! Contact our team today.
We have already seen the first dicamba crop damage case go to trial, ending in a $265 million verdict. If any of these crop irregularities are visible on your crops, let us help by determining if pursuing legal action is appropriate.
Complaints have been filed across more than 20 states for farmers seeking compensation for crop damage and losses. Many of these farmers have filed lawsuits against herbicide manufacturers seeking compensation for damages exceeding $1M.
Dicamba lawsuits have been filed in federal and state courts. All federal cases have been transferred to Judge Limbaugh for pre-trial proceedings.
In 2018, Gray, Ritter & Graham attorney Don Downing was named Chair of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in dicamba multi-district litigation pending in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri.
Don Downing speaking at last year’s American Agriculture Law Association’s annual conference.
On February 14, 2020, a jury awarded $15 million in compensatory damages and the next day awarded $250 million in punitive damages to Bader Farms, which is a peach grower in southeastern Missouri. This is 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 dicamba herbicide spray: Case No. 1:16-CV-299-SNLJ
The lawsuit was heard in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, before United States District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr.
Our firm’s history with the pending dicamba litigation:
Johnathan Hettinger has covered the Bader Farm dicamba lawsuit for the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.
Here are links to his reporting on the trial:
Gray, Ritter & Graham’s Dicamba litigation team, led by Don Downing, has been at the forefront of successful financial outcomes for economically damaged farmers in their pursuit of justice against large agricultural companies.
Gray, Ritter & Graham attorneys were co-lead plaintiff counsel in the 2018 $1.51 billion settlement with Syngenta over its genetically modified strains of rice and the 2011 $750 million settlement with Bayer over its rice contamination litigation.
Dicamba damage cases can be extremely complex. For this reason, having a strong legal counsel to represent you is crucial to the success of your claim. With Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C., our attorneys are skilled in research and investigation. Once we’ve determined that there is a strong premise for legal action, we work to build a strong, winning case to ensure a favorable and fair outcome.
Damages caused by dicamba can be costly, and our goal is to help you obtain justice for your losses. To get started, contact one of our attorneys who will begin the process of preserving evidence so that you may regain your losses as soon as possible.
At Gray, Ritter, & Graham, P.C., we represent farmers in Missouri, Illinois, and the surrounding Midwest region. If you or anyone you know has experienced any dicamba drift damage, please contact us. We would be happy to evaluate your case at no charge to you.
If we ultimately take your case, we would do so on a contingent-fee basis with no out-of-pocket payment by you. Any payment to us would be out of the recovery we obtain for you.
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