Largest Verdict In Arkansas History
"Largest Verdict In State History"
– As reported by KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock, AR
Genetically Modified Rice Verdict – Riceland V. Bayer
Background: Riceland Foods, Inc., the world’s largest rice mill,
based in Stuttgart, AR, brought a lawsuit against Bayer CropScience AG
and affiliated Bayer entities for damages to Riceland’s business
resulting from contamination of the U.S. long grain rice supply with genetically
modified rice. The suit was filed in Arkansas state court in Stuttgart,
Ar. and Barry Deacon of the Deacon Law Firm was the lead trial attorney
for Riceland during this five year litigation process.
Claim: The USDA announced the finding of the contamination on Aug. 18,
2006 and Riceland claimed Bayer failed to properly contain its Liberty
Link rice thereby allowing the genetically modified rice to escape and
contaminate the U.S. commercial rice supply. This caused significant export
markets such as the European Union, and others, to stop purchasing U.S.
rice which resulted in lost profits and increased costs to Riceland.
Verdict: An Arkansas County jury held that Bayer acted negligently and
awarded Riceland $16.9 million in compensatory damages and an additional
$125 million in punitive damages against Bayer. The verdict awarded in
this monumental case was reported by news sources as the “largest
in state history”.
This jury verdict was also listed in
The Litigation Annual Report
National Law Journal and Legal Times as the
14th largest verdict in the US during 2011.
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