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In Re: 
Dicamba Herbicides Litigation

Background

This multidistrict litigation includes approximately thirteen purported class and individual actions filed by farmers whose crops were allegedly damaged by dicamba herbicide when it moved off the original spraying site. Plaintiffs claim that Monsanto prematurely released dicamba-resistant seeds before releasing its corresponding dicamba herbicide. Defendants then allegedly encouraged farmers to use older and more volatile versions of dicamba herbicide, which damaged non-dicamba-resistant crops near the spray site. Plaintiffs also claim that defendants knew the new formulations of dicamba herbicide are not appreciably less volatile than older formulations.

Plaintiffs further claim the defendants conspired in this wrongful conduct. Before the new formulations of dicamba herbicide came to market, Monsanto was able to sell its dicamba-resistant seeds, and BASF was able to boost sales of its older dicamba herbicides. After the new formulations of dicamba herbicide came to market, their increased use would lead to increased sales of both dicamba-resistant seeds and the new formulations of dicamba herbicide. Plaintiffs bring claims under the Sherman Act and Lanham Act and also assert various state-based causes of action.

 

Procedural History

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated the Dicamba Herbicide cases on February 1, 2018, and transferred the matter to this Court to conduct pretrial proceedings for all of the cases. An initial case conference will be held on March 28, 2018.  Lead counsel for plaintiffs will be designated after the initial case conference. An initial case management order will be entered in due course. Status conferences will be held regularly to address ongoing issues regarding scheduling and discovery.

 

Documents

118md2820-0046

Date Filed: 
05/08/2018
Description: 
Order Allowing Consolidated Master Complaints

Contacts

Contacts
Clerk’s Office Contacts
United States District Court
Eastern District of Missouri, Southeastern Division
555 Independence St.
Cape Girardeau, MO  63703
 
MDL Coordinator
David Braun (314) 244-7938
 
Chambers of U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr.
Courtroom 4B
555 Independence St. 
Suite 4000
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
(573)331-8873
 
Judicial Assistant:  Sandy Eastman
Court Reporter:  Alison Garagnani (573)331-8832
 
Case Management Team
Cathy Gould 573-331-8801- Deputy in Charge
Michelle Schaefer 573-331-8802 - Deputy Clerk/Docket Clerk for Dicamba MDL
Jessica Carter- Deputy Clerk
 

Hearings and Conferences

Hearings and Conferences

Initial Scheduling Conference
June 1, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 4B