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8th Circuit upholds fee contribution from $92 mln GMO settlement

A federal appeals court has ruled that plaintiffs’ lawyers leading federal multidistrict litigation against Bayer CropScience over genetically modified rice are entitled to 10 percent of a $92 million settlement the company struck with a farmers’ co-op in state court.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed a lower court decision finding the lead MDL lawyers’ work had benefited the co-op, Riceland, which had also filed a separate federal action that was part of the MDL.

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