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The National Law Journal: Top 100 Verdicts Features a Husch Blackwell Victory For Monsanto in No. 3 Spot for 2012


The National Law Journal released the nation’s largest verdicts of 2012, compiled by its affiliate VerdictSearch. Husch Blackwell Partner Joe Conran was recognized as co-counsel on the third-largest jury verdict, representing Fortune 500 multinational agricultural biotech company Monsanto. In a patent-infringement trial against DuPont Co., Monsanto was awarded $1 billion over technology for herbicide-resistant soybeans. The jury of U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri took less than an hour to find in favor of Monsanto, which claimed in a lawsuit filed in 2009 that DuPont and its agricultural crop subsidiary, DuPont Pioneer Hi-Bred International, violated a 2002 license agreement. DuPont was found guilty of willfully infringing Monsanto's patent for herbicide-resistant seeds that are able to survive exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Roundup weed killer made by Monsanto. Husch Blackwell utilized the novel damages theory (accelerated market entry) that netted the $1 billion judgment.