A $65.5 Million Jury Verdict for Montana Farmers

A unique case awarding Montana farmers for breach of contract and punitive damages which makes it one of the larger verdicts in Montana according to Montana's Department of Agriculture.

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Posted: 08/30/2021
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Odegaard Kovacich Snipes, PC represented 25 Montana farmers against numerous companies and individuals for negligence, negligent misrepresentation, deceit and fraud for failing to provide the farmers promised payments or reasonably release the harvested hemp crops for sale on the open market. As featured in the recent Forbes article, after a week-long trial, the jury awarded our clients over $65,500,000, which included $56,000,000 in punitive damages designed to punish and deter such wrongful conduct.

"The negligence, the deceit, the fraud — everything that was done outside the contract really resonated with the jury,” according to Ben Snipes, partner attorney at the firm. "The jury sent a message that conduct which puts farmers' livelihood in peril will not be tolerated."

Read Forbes Article  Read Billings Gazette Article

Partners Ben Snipes and Ross Johnson after the Trail

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