Whitehead Farms and Kevin Whitehead v. Monsanto Co, BASF Co and John Does 1-25

CV-2017-40 / MDL No. 2820
July 3, 2017
Not judged
United States, Arkansas, Woodruff County

Economic stakeholders, Farmers
Whitehead Farms, Kevin Whitehead
Monsanto, BASF, Other
Alex gray, Nate Steel, Marshall Wright, Jeremy Hutchinson, Scott Poynter

Civil court
Class action, Multi-district litigation
Herbicide, Dicamba
A trial by jury on all issues so triable; order certifying this lawsuit as a class action under ARCP 23; judgment for compensatory and actual damages; judgment for punitive damages;
Circuit Court of Arkansas, Woodruff County, United States

Plaintiffs have filed a class-action lawsuit against the makers of the herbicide dicamba that they blame for damaging their crops, while it is being used on new Monsanto GM varieties of cotton and soybeans that allow producers to apply dicamba over-the-top. Dicamba is indeed highly volatile and can cause injuries to plants several miles away. On Feb. 2, 2018, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation made the determination that 11 lawsuits filed in 4 states (including this one) against the makers dicamba will be centralized in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in St. Louis. On June 24, Bayer settles U.S. Roundup, dicamba and PCB litigation for more than $10 billion. The settlement covers all claims in the multi-district litigation (MDL).