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When Bayer Bought Monsanto, It Didn’t See This Lawyer Coming

Sept. 19, 2019, 4:01 AM

In July 2018, a baby-faced lawyer named R. Brent Wisner seized the opportunity to ask his legal opponent a question that had been bugging him. Through a series of accidents, Wisner had found himself co-leading a monumental case against Bayer AG, the German chemicals giant that had recently acquired Monsanto for $63 billion. Two weeks into the heated courtroom battle, he felt fairly certain he was going to win big and inflict lasting damage on the company. So he wanted to know: Why on earth wasn’t Bayer settling?

Wisner’s client, a 46-year-old former school district groundskeeper from California...

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