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Missouri farm awarded $265 million in weedkiller lawsuit against BASF and Bayer

The jury agreed with the suit's contention that Bayer and BASF committed negligence and conspired together.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — A jury has awarded $265 million in punitive damages to a Missouri peach grower who sued Bayer and BASF over damage to his orchards that he says was caused by the weedkiller dicamba drifting onto his trees. 

The award Saturday came a day after the jury awarded $15 million in actual damages to Bill Bader, of Campbell. 

Bader says dicamba drifted onto his peach trees from other farms. 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the jury agreed with the lawsuit's contention that Bayer and BASF committed negligence and conspired together. 

Bayer's attorneys said the company will appeal.

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