Wolf Haldenstein is a leader in biotechnology and agricultural litigation. The firm has represented U.S. row crop farmers and others harmed by crop supply contamination, price fixing of genetically-modified crop seeds, and false claims and representations relating to purportedly "organic" products. The firm has prosecuted actions in these fields against domestic and international biotechnology and crop science companies under the federal and state antitrust laws, consumer protection and deceptive trade practice statues, and the common law. As a leader in this field, Wolf Haldenstein pioneered approaches now commonly used in these types of cases, including the use of futures-based efficient market analyses to fashion damages models relating to the underlying commodity crops. The firm has served or is currently serving as lead or co-lead counsel in some of the most significant biotechnology and agricultural class actions pending in the United States, including:
In re StarLink Corn Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1403 (N.D. Illinois) - class action that recovered $110 million for U.S. corn farmers who sustained market losses arising from defendants' contamination of the U.S. food corn supply with an improperly bioengineered corn seed product.
Schoenbaum v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company, et al., Case No. 4:05-cv-01108 ERW (E.D. Mo.) - Consolidated antitrust cases concerning genetically modified corn and soybean seeds.
In Re Genetically Modified Rice Litigation, MDL 1811 (E.D. Mo.) - Consolidated class actions representing the interests of United States long-grain rice producers seeking to recover damages they sustained resulting from the contamination of the U.S. rice supply with unapproved, genetically-modified rice seed traits developed and tested by Bayer CropScience LP and related entities.