Plaintiffs attorneys who reached gargantuan verdicts over Monsanto’s Roundup have accused parent company Bayer of concocting a “pay-to-appeal scheme” that would raise the prospects of a federal appellate ruling in its favor.

In a letter filed Thursday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, lead plaintiffs attorneys in the litigation over Roundup, most of which is in California, asked the Georgia appeals court to dismiss the case before it, calling it a “brazen manipulation of our judicial system.” They also wanted the Eleventh Circuit to obtain documents of a settlement Bayer reached in the Roundup case on appeal, under which John Carson, the plaintiff, agreed to file the appeal for payment.

David Wool, with Andrus Wagstaff. Courtesy photo