Grape growers v. Bayer et al

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June 4, 2021
Not judged
United States, Texas

Farmers, Economic stakeholders
Andy Timmons, INC. d/b/a Lost Draw Vineyards + 56 plaintiffs
Bayer, Monsanto, BASF
Andrew S. Hicks, Adam M. Dinnell, Marc S. Tabolsky, Katherine D. Jordan, Ted A. Liggett, Dustin R. Burrows

Herbicide, Dicamba
Award to Plaintiffs: All general and compensatory damages; All special and consequential damages; Punitive and exemplary damages; Pre-judgment interest; Post-judgment interest; Taxable costs of court; and All such other and further relief, both at law and in equity, to which Plaintiffs may be justly entitled
District court of Jefferson County of Texas, United States

57 Texas grape growers have experienced damages on 95% of their grape vines resulting in huge economic loss due to the use of dicamba herbicide on near-by dicamba-resistant crops. They file a lawsuit against Bayer, Monsanto and BASF in a Texas state court, each seeking a minimum of $1 million in damages. In 2020, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals banned dicamba because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had underestimated and ignored many risks that dicamba posed to farmers. But the Trump administration’s EPA re-approved dicamba for five more years. Even so, the Biden administration has announced its support for the decision and continues to fight court challenges to the registration of dicamba.