Texas judge won’t start Vineyards lawsuit against Bayer and BASF

By Michelle Casady (June 13, 2022, 5:59 p.m. EDT) – Bayer Crop Science and Monsanto cannot outright dismiss or compel arbitration of the claims in Texas state court of 57 vineyard owners who allege that their wine grape crops were damaged by a dicamba-tolerant cotton seed system.

In two brief orders issued Friday, Jefferson County District Court Judge Justin Sanderson denied both requests without explanation, writing that he had reached the conclusion after reviewing both the pleadings on the record and the arguments presented at a hearing on June 2. The judge also denied a motion by BASF Corp. and the other two companies seeking to split the lawsuits by moving the venue to different jurisdictions in the state….

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