Bayer hires law firm to investigate Monsanto stakeholder file issue

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Bayer said on Sunday it was hiring an outside law firm to investigate French media complaints that Monsanto, the U.S. seed maker it took over last year, had compiled a file of influential personalities.

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The German life sciences and pharmaceuticals group said that, following an internal review, it understood that this initiative had raised concerns and criticism.

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"This is not the way Bayer seeks dialogue with society and stakeholders. We apologize for this behavior," Bayer said in a statement. It added, however, that there was no indication that compiling the lists was illegal.

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(Reporting by Patricia Weiss and Ludwig Burger; Writing by Douglas Busvine; Editing by Keith Weir)