Baron and Budd Attorneys Selected as Finalists for Public Justice 2013 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award

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Attorneys Chosen as Finalists for Fourth Time in Six Years for Prestigious Award

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For the fourth time in six years, attorneys at Baron and Budd, a national plaintiffs’ law firm, have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. Baron and Budd attorneys Scott Summy, Carla Burke, Cary McDougal and Mitchell McCrea were nominated for their work on a water contamination case involving the herbicide atrazine. After eight years of litigation, Baron and Budd, along with co-counsel Korein Tillery, negotiated a $105 million settlement, which benefited more than 1,000 public water providers whose drinking water was contaminated by atrazine, an herbicide heavily used in U.S. agriculture. City of Greenville v. Syngenta Crop Prot., Inc., 904 F. Supp. 2d 902 (S.D. Ill. 2012).

“The nomination really goes to the entire water team at Baron and Budd, because none of this would have been possible without their hard work,” said Scott Summy, shareholder and head of Baron and Budd’s Water Lawyers team. “We are honored to have been selected as finalists for this prestigious award.”

In 2004, Baron and Budd and Korein Tillery filed a lawsuit on behalf of a water provider in Illinois whose water supply became contaminated each year as local farmers applied atrazine to their crops. By 2010, more than 30 additional water providers joined the lawsuit against atrazine manufacturer Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. and its parent company, Syngenta AG. The goal of the lawsuits was to recover the water providers’ costs of removing atrazine from their water supplies. (The Associated Press, January 25, 2013:; Atrazine Settlement website

Each year, Public Justice awards the distinguished Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, which recognizes an outstanding attorney or group of attorneys that have contributed to the public good the past year.

Baron and Budd was previously nominated for the Public Justice Award in 2012, 2009 and 2007. In 2012, the firm was nominated for its work on bank overdraft fee litigation, which challenged how large banks determined overdraft fees. The firm ultimately helped negotiate a $410 million settlement with Bank of America and a $110 million settlement with JPMorgan Chase (In Re: Checking Account Overdraft Litigation, 1:09-MD-02036-JLK, S.D. of Florida). The lawsuit also forced banks to change their overdraft fee policies. In 2009, Baron and Budd attorneys were nominated for their work protecting more than 150 public water providers in 17 states whose drinking water was contaminated with the chemical MTBE. The case resulted in a $423 million settlement with many of the nation’s major oil companies. In re Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (“MTBE”) Products Liability Litigation (MDL 1358), 578 F. Supp. 2d 519, 520 (S.D.N.Y. 2008).

To learn more about Baron and Budd’s practice, call 1.866.844.4556 or visit the firm’s website at

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