Glufosinate Herbicide Shortage To Force Companies. Parker Waichman LLP is investigating allegations that Bayer, the maker of the glufosinate herbicide, Liberty, and its predecessor, Ignite, has colluded to create a shortage of the products in order to force companies out of the cotton seed market. Serious shortages of Liberty and Ignite glufosinate herbicide have reportedly left cotton growers in the Southeast U.S. scrambling to find a way to manage weeds in their cotton crops. Parker Waichman LLP is investigating whether the shortage of glufosinate herbicide is the result of antitrust law violations and unfair business practice on the part of Bayer. If you have been impacted by the Liberty or Ignite glufosinate herbicide shortage, the antitrust lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP want to hear from you. Our Liberty/Ignite glufosinate herbicide shortage lawyers are offering free antitrust lawsuit evaluations to those who have been impacted by this shortage. For a free case evaluation, we urge you to contact the antitrust lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP today.
Liberty/Ignite Glufosinate Herbicide Shortage
Liberty herbicide was introduced by Bayer at the beginning of the 2012 crop season as its replacement for Ignite herbicide. Both Liberty and Ignite glufosinate herbicides are intended for use on LibertyLink crops, including FiberMax and Stoneville cotton seed. Both herbicides can be used on phytogen cotton seed, which contains a gene marker making these varieties resistant to glufosinate, the active ingredient in Liberty/Ignite herbicide. Reportedly, some cotton growers who purchased phytogen Widestrike varieties found have been unable to buy the glufosinate herbicides they needed to spray over-the-top for extended control of a broad spectrum of weeds. In addition, cotton growers who bought Stoneville and FiberMax varieties with the LibertyLink gene for resistance to glufosinate also could not find the herbicide. While Bayer has insisted that the shortage of Liberty/Ignite glufosinate herbicides are nothing more than the result of high demand, rumors have been swirling in the Southeast that Bayer planned the shortages in an attempt to force other companies out of the cotton seed market. If this is indeed the case, Bayer may have committed serious violations of antitrust laws.