Our law firm is accepting potential lawsuits on behalf of farmers, grain elevator operators and corn exporters who have suffered significant economic damages as a result of Syngenta’s promotion and commercialization of genetically modified corn into the U.S. production system.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you are a corn farmer, grain elevator operator or corn exporter that has been harmed by Syngenta, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against Syngenta AG and we can help.
Update: Kansas Corn Farmers Awarded $218 Million in Syngenta Lawsuit
June 26, 2017 - A federal jury has awarded nearly $218 million to Kansas farmers who sued Syngenta AG over its introduction of a genetically engineered corn seed variety. Plaintiffs alleged that they suffered economic damages when Syngenta introduced Agrisure Viptera and Agrisure Duracade to the U.S. market prior to China approving the strains.
What is Genetically Modified Corn?
Genetically modified corn is engineered to be herbicide resistant, or “Roundup Ready,” and to produce its own insecticide called Bt Toxin. Unbeknownst to many consumers, genetically modified corn can be found in grocery stores, farmers’ markets and farm stands. It can also be found in processed foods that contain corn. Unfortunately, like all genetically modified organisms (GMOs), genetically modified corn has not been thoroughly tested to ensure that it is safe for consumption.
Syngenta Faces Dozens of Lawsuits over GMO Corn Seeds
Syngenta AG is currently facing lawsuits from farmers in at least 11 states alleging that its sale of a genetically engineered variant of sweet corn yet to receive clearance in China seriously depressed U.S. market prices. At issue is the company’s 2009 release and distribution of its MIR162 genetically-modified corn known as Agrisure Viptera, which was engineered to fend off insects that feed off corn crops. While approved for use in the U.S., Chinese officials have yet to approve the import of Viptera.
In November 2013, China began rejecting Agrisure Viptera corn shipments from the U.S., leading to more than $1 billion in damages for American farmers, according to lawsuits filed in courthouses around the country. A complaint filed in Iowa alleged that Syngenta’s release and distribution of Viptera caused the U.S.-to-China corn export market to fall by 85%. Plaintiffs have accused the company of engaging in willful misrepresentation, claiming that "Syngenta's decision to bring Viptera to the market crippled the 2013-14 corn export market to China."
According to the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA), China has already barred nearly 1.45 million tons of U.S. corn shipments, resulting in a loss of approximately $427 million in sales. Reports indicate that Syngenta has issued misleading statements regarding the approval status of MIR162 in China, and that the lack of approval would seriously impact the U.S. corn industry. The company continues to flood the market with its second generation MIR162 corn hybrid.
China Approves Import of Syngenta Viptera Corn
Dec. 17, 2014 - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that China had officially approved imports of Syngenta’s genetically modified Agrisure Viptera corn. Industry sources said China's approval of the corn seed was due to a warmer political climate between the two countries since the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum last month, where the U.S. and China announced a joint plan to limit carbon emissions and made progress on eliminating duties on technology products.
Syngenta Corn Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation
Lawsuits filed over Syngenta GMO corn seed have been centralized in U.S. District Court in Kansas as part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL), according to a transfer order dated Dec. 11, 2014. The complaints were filed on behalf of agricultural companies that allegedly suffered economic losses as a result of the presence of the genetic trait MIR162 in the American corn supply. According to court documents, plaintiffs allege that Syngenta made false claims in order to convince farmers to plant Agrisure Viptera, a genetically-modified corn seed, prior to its approval in China. Specifically, Syngenta launched a “Plant with Confidence” marketing campaign designed to assure farmers that China’s decision to approve Viptera was imminent, and that the product could be safely planted alongside other corn seed.
20 States Join Syngenta Corn Class Action Lawsuits
Twenty more states including Illinois, Colorado and Minnesota have joined class action lawsuits already in progress in Kansas and Missouri against Syngenta AG, according to Law 360. The 20 states now included in the class actions represent 86% of the corn planted in the U.S. in 2014.
Syngenta Facing More Than 360 Viptera Corn Lawsuits
Farmers and agricultural businesses in 20 states have filed over 360 lawsuits against Syngenta AG, and hundreds more are being prepared as a federal judge organizes the cases so the litigation can move forward. Complaints include those entered on behalf of farmers by individual attorneys, class action lawsuits, and claims filed by agribusiness conglomerates such as Cargill and ADM.
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.
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.