Source: Faegre & Benson

On Oct. 8, a Clay County, Arkansas, jury ruled in favor of five formulators of 2,4-D herbicide, rejecting claims by a group of cotton farmers that 2,4-D had drifted distances up to 100 miles to injure their cotton crops in 2006.

The trial focused on the claims of eight plaintiffs, with more than 12,000 acres of allegedly injured cotton, who were seeking over $4 million in claimed yield loss and other related damages. The Clay County trial was the first trial of claims of 63 plaintiffs, with more than 60,000 acres of allegedly injured cotton, who are seeking in excess of $16 million. The trial represented one of the first of its kind, where a jury has addressed claims of "localized pesticide drift" resulting in "regional air contamination."

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