Farmers and agricultural businesses in 20 states have filed over 360 lawsuits against Syngenta AG, alleging the company caused significant economic damages as a result of its commercialization of genetically-modified corn. Complaints allege that by marketing Viptera corn to farmers even though the seeds had not been approved for import to China, Syngenta is responsible for the collapse of the U.S. corn market.
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What’s the Problem?
The dispute began in 2010, when the Department of Agriculture approved a corn seed called Agrisure Viptera, which was genetically-modified to contain a protein that kills corn-eating bugs. China, a leading importer of U.S. corn, had not approved Viptera when Syngenta began selling it in 2011. In Nov. 2013, China discovered the Viptera corn trait in shipments from the U.S., and began rejecting imports. Lawsuits allege the company rejected over 131 bushels in all.
Loss of revenue to the American corn industry has been estimated to be between $1 billion and $3 billion, according to the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA). Other agricultural companies that did not plant Syngenta seed, such as grain handlers and exporters, claim they lost money because of the Chinese boycott.
“Knowing that contamination of Viptera corn with the rest of the U.S. corn supply was inevitable, Syngenta nevertheless gambled U.S. farmers’ livelihood on approval of Viptera by the major corn-importing countries,” according to a lawsuit filed Jan. 13 in Iowa Federal Court by Thomas Land and Livestock Corp.
In addition to the 360+ lawsuits already filed against Syngenta, plaintiffs’ attorneys say hundreds of similar complaints are now being prepared. Some are from farmers represented by individual law firms, others are class action lawsuits. Agribusiness conglomerates such as Cargill have also sued, claiming their businesses suffered catastrophic economic losses. Cargill alleges it lost nearly $100 million.
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.