There’s no point buying the milk if you can get the cow for free, so Morrison & Foerster lawyers were revved up for a big fight with biotechnology player Monsanto Co. in a patent dispute over the DNA used to produce a bovine growth hormone protein.

The argument was settled Feb. 27, when Northern District Judge Phyllis Hamilton dismissed the case after attorneys on both sides reached an approximately $250 million agreement that benefited MoFo’s client, the Regents of the University of California.

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