6/4/21 - News
Texas Grape Growers Sue Bayer-Monsanto and BASF for Losses Caused By Seed System Using Dicamba
On June 4, 2021, 57 Texas High Plains wine grape growers filed suit in Jefferson County District Court seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from Bayer-Monsanto and BASF for selling a defective seed system featuring a highly volatile weedkiller that drifted and crippled scores of vineyards. The loss threatens the existence of many High Plains vineyards, which have taken decades to cultivate and account for 85% of the grapes produced, sold, or used by the state’s $13.1 billion wine industry, the nation’s fifth largest. “Because of their duplicity and greed, Bayer-Monsanto has turned a true Texas success story into an economic and environmental nightmare,” said Adam Dinnell, partner at Schiffer Hicks Johnson PLLC, which is representing the grape growers along with co-counsel Ted Liggett of the Liggett Law Group PC and Andrew R. Seger of Key Terrell & Seger LLP.