One day after finding that uncontrolled drift from the weedkiller dicamba caused millions of dollars in damages to Missouri’s largest peach farm — and that companies behind related products knew they would harm farmers — a jury ruled Saturday that Bayer and BASF should pay a combined $250 million in punitive damages.
The penalty was levied on top of $15 million in compensatory damages awarded Friday to peach grower Bill Bader, who runs Bader Farms, near Campbell, Missouri.The division of any eventual award would need to be sorted out between Bayer and BASF, which have both indicated they plan to consider their legal options.
The division of any eventual award would need to be sorted out between Bayer and BASF, which have both indicated they plan to consider their legal options.
Saturday’s verdict marked the conclusion of a three-week trial held in federal court in Cape Girardeau. The case was the first in an advancing wave of litigation from U.S. farmers who blame drift-prone dicamba herbicides for millions of acres of crop damage in recent years, following the release of seed varieties that are genetically engineered to tolerate the chemical.