Hare Wynn’s jury verdict in the Schafer v. Bayer CropScience case was recognized as one the Top 100 Verdicts in America in 2010 by Verdict Search. The $47,975,000 verdict was ranked 42nd on that list.
The suit was filed on behalf of Arkansas rice farmers after an experimental rice strain developed by Bayer called Liberty Link was allowed to make its way into the stream of commercially marketed rice. Liberty Link was developed to withstand a popular herbicide that kills weeds in the fields. The suit claimed that rice prices fell after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in August 2006 that trace amounts of Liberty Link rice were found in U.S. long-grain rice stocks.
“We felt the jury’s decision was a fair and just verdict,” states Scott Powell, lead counsel for the plaintiffs. “We are honored to be listed in the Top 100 Verdicts by Verdict Search.”