Attorney: Dicamba verdict invitation to others harmed
February 18, 2020 By Julie Harker Filed Under: News
An attorney says the $256 Million-dollar verdict for a
Missouri peach farmer in last week’s dicamba trial will set precedent for future
Don Downing is leading the attorney groups who worked with the Bader trial team, “We believe the result is just a strong indictment of the defendants’ conduct in commercializing a crop system that they knew would harm innocent farmers and others. And, we believe it’s also an invitation to the many thousands of farmers and others out there who have been harmed by the defendants’ conduct to seek fair compensation through our justice system.”
Bayer/Monsanto and BASF, makers of the dicamba products, say
they will appeal the verdict.
A Bayer attorney told Brownfield there was no evidence of
dicamba on the Bader peach farm and that the tree damages suffered were from a
Downing says evidence of dicamba symptomology was
successfully presented at trial, “There was more than sufficient evidence that
dicamba was on Bill Bader’s peach farm. Frankly, the argument to the contrary is
Downing says independent weed scientists have said the 5,000 complaints filed about dicamba damage with state departments of agriculture is just the tip of the iceberg. He says there are many out there who have suffered “enormous damage.”
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