Twenty more states have joined class action lawsuits already in progress in Kansas and Missouri against Syngenta AG, a Swiss company accused of tainting the U.S. corn supply by promoting and commercializing a genetically modified corn seed that had not been approved in China, one of America’s largest exporters. The 20 states now included in the class actions represent 86% of the corn planted in the U.S. in 2014, according to Law 360.
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What’s the Problem?
Syngenta commercialized Agrisure Viptera corn, known as MIR 162, for the 2011 growing season. A lawsuit filed in Arkansas federal court by Stracener Farming Co. alleges that Syngenta misled farmers into believing that import approval from China was imminent, but the trait remained unapproved until Dec. 18.
Syngenta’s premature release of Agrisure Viptera cost the U.S. corn market between $1 billion and $3 billion due to the rejection and seizure of containers and cargo ships transporting American corn to China, according to Stracener’s lawsuit.
Other class action lawsuits, filed on behalf of Volnek Farms Inc. and Hadden Farms Inc., accuse Syngenta of proposing a “side-by-side program” to farmers, encouraging them to plant Viptera corn next to their normal corn crop. However, adjacent planting can cause the two seed strains to become co-mingled, thereby making it likely that China would reject all shipments from that supplier.
According to the Department of Agriculture, China purchased about 5 million tons of U.S. corn in 2012-2013, making it America’s 3rd largest exporter. Since November 2013, however, Chinese imports for U.S. corn have decreased by more than 85%, according to the lawsuit.
With the recent filings, the following states are now included in class action lawsuits against Syngenta: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
Do I Have a Syngenta GMO Corn Seed Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Syngenta GMO Corn Seed Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Free Syngenta GMO Corn Seed Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you are a corn farmer, grain elevator, distributor or exporter who has sustained economic losses related to corn farming, distribution, domestic sales or export, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.