NPR recovers $1 million for Arkansas farmers
July 30, 2003
Three farmers in the Arkansas delta were awarded over $1,000,000 by a unanimous Phillips County, Arkansas jury on May 21, 2003. Nix, Patterson & Roach represented the three farmers, who sued FMC Corporation and Agro Distribution LLC over the application of a restricted-use pesticide known as Fury. Fury was manufactured by FMC and distributed to the farmers by Agro, and applied to the Plaintiffs’ wheat crops in the spring of 2001. At that time, the federal government had not approved the use of Fury on wheat, and the Plaintiffs’ wheat crops were subsequently quarantined. After a seven-day trial, the 12-person jury unanimously found that FMC and Agro acted with negligence and deceit and had committed deceptive trade practices. The jury found that the farmers had sustained over $450,000 in economic losses and mental anguish. The jury also assessed punitive damages against both defendants in the total amount of $625,000. The three farmers were represented by Nix, Patterson & Roach attorneys Brady Paddock and Anthony Bruster.