According to a news source, a state court jury has awarded an Arkansas rice farmer more than $1 million in litigation alleging that a genetically engineered (GE) rice crop contaminated the nation’s rice supply, leading to Japanese and European restrictions on U.S. imports and a precipitous drop in rice prices. Kyle v. Bayer Crop- Science LP, No. n/a (Woodruff County Cir. Ct., Ark., verdict rendered March 8, 2010). The verdict included both compensatory and punitive damages. A spokesperson for the defendant reportedly indicated that the company disagreed with the decision and is considering its legal options. The company continues to maintain that it acted responsibly and appropriately. See Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, March 10, 2010.