Sixteen Iowa growers and businesses are suing Syngenta AG, claiming they suffered catastrophic financial losses when China rejected corn shipments containing a genetically modified seed not approved for import by the country. Including previous legal action, Syngenta now faces more than 100 lawsuits filed on behalf of farmers and commodity traders, including Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland.
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What’s the Problem?
The new lawsuits accuse Syngenta of negligence by prematurely selling the GMO seed, known as Agrisure Viptera, before it was approved by countries that import U.S. corn.
“Syngenta has caused damages to U.S. farmers, grain handlers and exporters,” the complaints allege. “Syngenta’s conduct in marketing, distributing and selling unapproved corn seed violates the legal standards of the marketplace because the primary market risk falls on U.S. farmers, grain handlers and exporters, not on Syngenta.”
China, a major importer of American corn, began rejecting shipments in Nov. 2013 after officials found evidence of a genetically modified corn seed developed by Syngenta that had not been approved until earlier this month. Syngenta developed Agrisure Viptera corn seed to protect the crop against damage from insects such as corn borer and corn rootworm.
The seed, which Syngenta submitted to the Chinese for approval in March 2010, has been approved by the U.S., Brazil and Argentina. The dispute has highlighted approval irregularities for GMO crops, with some countries approving new varieties faster than others — a growing challenge in an increasingly global marketplace.
It has been estimated that the rejected corn shipments cost American farmers over $1 billion. China has long been a key market for the U.S., the world’s largest exporter of corn, particularly in light of a record crop in 2014 that has further driven down prices of the commodity.
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.