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Overwatch

Industry giant, FMC, introduced “Overwatch” as the premium solution to growers’ annual ryegrass and broadleaf weed problems. Through Western Australia, Victoria and South Australia, barley crops have been bleached and in many cases, will not recover. Yields will be down. The question is, by how much? You paid a premium price for what was to be a premium product. Why should you wear the loss?

Although Overwatch worked brilliantly with some crops, it was FMC’s failure to steward the administration of the product and have farmers adjust their sowing systems by using a deeper planting method, which led to crop damage. FMC recommended the same application rate for barley as for wheat and canola. Agronomists, on whom farmers relied, were not provided with crucial product information by FMC, which could have prevented the losses.

Overwatch

Industry giant, FMC, introduced “Overwatch” as the premium solution to growers’ annual ryegrass and broadleaf weed problems. Through Western Australia, Victoria and South Australia, barley crops have been bleached and in many cases, will not recover. Yields will be down. The question is, by how much? You paid a premium price for what was to be a premium product. Why should you wear the loss?

Although Overwatch worked brilliantly with some crops, it was FMC’s failure to steward the administration of the product and have farmers adjust their sowing systems by using a deeper planting method, which led to crop damage. FMC recommended the same application rate for barley as for wheat and canola. Agronomists, on whom farmers relied, were not provided with crucial product information by FMC, which could have prevented the losses.

You only have until the end of October 2021 to ensure that your crop damage is recorded and assessed before key parts of your evidence is lost.

You only have until the end of October 2021 to ensure that your crop damage is recorded and assessed before key parts of your evidence is lost.

Levitt Robinson is working with growers across Australia to bring a class action against FMC. Without a critical mass of farming participants it will not be feasible to run a costs effective class action.

We are holding a series of webinars over the coming weeks to inform growers about the process involved so they can make an informed decision as it if they join the action.

We need growers who have suffered damage from Overwatch to register as soon as possible and also to take urgent steps to preserve their evidence. 

Levitt Robinson has had a string of successes in class actions, including the Storm Financial investors against CBA, Macquarie Bank, the BoQ and Westpac, Marine Trainees against the Royal Australian Navy, and the recent settlement achieved for franchisees with 7-Eleven.

Levitt Robinson is working with growers across Australia to bring a class action against FMC. Without a critical mass of farming participants it will not be feasible to run a costs effective class action.

We are holding a series of webinars over the coming weeks to inform growers about the process involved so they can make an informed decision as it if they join the action.

We need growers who have suffered damage from Overwatch to register as soon as possible and also to take urgent steps to preserve their evidence. 

Levitt Robinson has had a string of successes in class actions, including the Storm Financial investors against CBA, Macquarie Bank, the BoQ and Westpac, Marine Trainees against the Royal Australian Navy, and the recent settlement achieved for franchisees with 7-Eleven.

We are open to how to fund the case,
that will be a members decision:

Do you want the matter to be commercially litigation funded, which means that you do not have to “Pay as You Go” and it will be a “no win, no fee” situation, but then when the matter settles or there is a verdict in your favour, you will lose roughly a third of the damages to the Funder; or
Do you want the matter to be commercially litigation funded, which means that you do not have to “Pay as You Go” and it will be a “no win, no fee” situation, but then when the matter settles or there is a verdict in your favour, you will lose roughly a third of the damages to the Funder; or
The other way is that you each pay towards the costs of running the case and then there will be no Funder’s commission - and it will be “winner take all”. If there are enough of you, the costs burden can be spread pretty thinly, owing to economies of scale.
The other way is that you each pay towards the costs of running the case and then there will be no Funder’s commission – and it will be “winner take all”. If there are enough of you, the costs burden can be spread pretty thinly, owing to economies of scale.
These models can be discussed down the track. The imperative now is to preserve the evidence.
Do you want the matter to be commercially litigation funded, which means that you do not have to “Pay as You Go” and it will be a “no win, no fee” situation, but then when the matter settles or there is a verdict in your favour, you will lose roughly a third of the damages to the Funder; or
Do you want the matter to be commercially litigation funded, which means that you do not have to “Pay as You Go” and it will be a “no win, no fee” situation, but then when the matter settles or there is a verdict in your favour, you will lose roughly a third of the damages to the Funder; or
The other way is that you each pay towards the costs of running the case and then there will be no Funder’s commission - and it will be “winner take all”. If there are enough of you, the costs burden can be spread pretty thinly, owing to economies of scale.
The other way is that you each pay towards the costs of running the case and then there will be no Funder’s commission – and it will be “winner take all”. If there are enough of you, the costs burden can be spread pretty thinly, owing to economies of scale.
These models can be discussed down the track. The imperative now is to preserve the evidence.

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Class PR is a public relations company owned by persons closely associated and related to the senior partner of Levitt Robinson Solicitors. Class PR operates separately and independently from Levitt Robinson and offers to accept instructions from law firms other than Levitt Robinson (subject to strict confidentiality safeguards) and to provide public relations and other services to commercial litigation funders other than the Galactic Litigation Funding Group
Class PR is a public relations company owned by persons closely associated and related to the senior partner of Levitt Robinson Solicitors. Class PR operates separately and independently from Levitt Robinson and offers to accept instructions from law firms other than Levitt Robinson (subject to strict confidentiality safeguards) and to provide public relations and other services to commercial litigation funders other than the Galactic Litigation Funding Group
Class PR offers services to law firms and litigation funders. We also offer our assistance to members of the public, with bright ideas, both to advance individual claims and class actions. We help with class-building and marketing and sourcing litigation funding.
Class PR offers services to law firms and litigation funders. We also offer our assistance to members of the public, with bright ideas, both to advance individual claims and class actions. We help with class-building and marketing and sourcing litigation funding.
Class PR is also able to provide an image makeover for people "under the gun" or who feel the need to invent or re-invent themselves or their businesses.
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We run campaigns to lobby government on behalf of individuals, communities, interest groups and industry, to address particular grievances or to achieve targeted objectives, including with media liaison (all forms of media), preparing press releases and marketing materials and formal, researched submissions.
We run campaigns to lobby government on behalf of individuals, communities, interest groups and industry, to address particular grievances or to achieve targeted objectives, including with media liaison (all forms of media), preparing press releases and marketing materials and formal, researched submissions.
While our principal client has been the New York based Galactic Litigation Funding Group, this is, by no means, an exclusive relationship. Class PR operates separately and independently from Levitt Robinson and offers to accept instructions from law firms other than Levitt Robinson (subject to strict confidentiality safeguards) and to provide public relations and other services to commercial litigation funders other than the Galactic Litigation Funding Group.
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