Boothe Farms Inc et al v. Dow Chemical Co et al
ORDER: The Court received the attached joint email requesting clarification of 64 Order. Request granted. First, the Court should have listed the Arkansas and Missouri farmers' express warranty claim among the claims that go forward. Second, t he Louisiana farmer's request for punitives failed as a matter of law. It is dismissed with prejudice. Third, the request for injunctive relief based on past Loyant applications likewise failed as a matter of law and is dismissed with prejudice, too. Signed by Chief Judge D. P. Marshall Jr. on 10/13/2020. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
BOOTHE FARMS, INC.; BIG RISK FARMS,
INC.; JEFFREY D. BOOTHE; TERRY BOOTHE;
ADAM BOOTHE; RINEHART FAMILY
FARMS II; MM FAMILY FARMS; and
WILLIAM J. DORE, each individually and on
behalf of all those similarly situated
No. 3:19 -cv-264-DPM
DOW CHEMICAL CO.; DOW
AGROSCIENCES, LLC; CORTEVA
AGRISCIENCE; and DU PONT DE
NEMOURS AND CO.
The Court has received the attached joint email requesting
clarification of the Court's recent Order, Doc. 64. Request granted.
First, the Court should have listed the Arkansas and Missouri farmers'
express warranty claims among the claims that go forward. Second,
the Louisiana farmer's request for punitives failed as a matter of law. It
is dismissed with prejudice. Third, the request for injunctive relief
based on past Loyant applications likewise failed as a matter of law and
is dismissed with prejudice, too. Notwithstanding the Court's pointed
remark that more threshold briefing was unneeded, Doc. 64
Court directs counsel to proceed by motion rather than email on all
substantive matters. This Order amends and clarifies Doc. 64.
United States District Judge
From: Chip Chiles
Sent: Friday, October 9, 2020 8:06 AM
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Subject: RE: Boothe v. Dow Chemical Co. et at., Case No. 3:19 -cv-264-DPM --Order on Motion to Dismiss
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The parties have reviewed the Court's Order on the Second Motion to Dismiss (Order, ECF No. 64). The parties have agreed to submit this e-mail message to verify
whether their interpretation of the Order is correct.
First, the parties want to confirm that Plaintiffs' express warranty claims will proceed. In the body of the Order, after analyzing the parties' respective positions, the
Court specifically stated the Arkansas, Missouri, and Louisiana Plaintiffs' express warranty claims would proceed and that the Arkansas and Missouri Plaintiffs' implied
warranty claims fail (the Louisiana Plaintiff did not bring implied warranty claims), (Order, ECF No. 64). In the final summary paragraph of the Order, the Court stated
that "(tjhe following claims are dismissed without prejudice: the Arkansas and Missouri farmers' warranty claims.. The following claims proceed: the Arkansas and
Missouri farmers' tort claims, and the new Louisiana farmer's Products Liability Act claims, and his Louisiana Redhibition Act claim." (Id.). Although these conclusions
do not specifically state that the Plaintiffs' express warranty claims proceed, based on the Court's analysis and statements earlier in the Order, the parties understand
that they do.
Second, the Court indicated that it was dismissing the Arkansas and Missouri farmers' warranty claims and the Missouri farmers' Missouri Crop Protection Act Claims
without preiudice. (Id. at 5). The Court did not make any such indication when dismissing the Louisiana Plaintiff's punitive damages claim and the Plaintiffs' claim for
injunctive relief. Because the Court did not indicate otherwise, the parties understand that those claims are dismissed with prejudice. See, e.g., Federated Dep't
Stores, Inc. v. Moitie, 452 U.S.394, 399 n. 3 (1981) (noting that rulings on 12(b)(6) motions are "judgments on the merits"); Carter v. Norfolk Crnty. Hosp. Assoc.,
761 F.2d 970. 974 (4th Cir. 1985) ("A district court's dismissal under Rule 12(b)(6) is, of course, with prejudice unless it specifically orders dismissal without
The parties respectfully request that the Court enter a Supplemental Order confirming that their understanding is correct.
E. B. iChip) Chiles IV
Quattlebaum, Grooms S TUB PLLC
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