Downing Obtains First Settlement In Rice Contamination Trials

Downing Obtains First Settlement In Rice Contamination Trials

Don Downing

Don Downing obtained a $290,000 settlement on behalf of three Texas rice farmers in their lawsuit against Germany based Bayer Cropscience. The trial was the fourth and final in a series of “bellwether” trials in which Downing represented rice farmers in Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Bayer agreed to the settlement after jury verdicts for the farmers in the first three bellwether trials. The Texas farmers will receive more compensation if a global settlement is reached with Bayer in the future that is more favorable to them.