Corn producers in the state of Kansas have won the first of 8 class action lawsuits alleging that they incurred economic harm due to actions Syngenta AG took with its genetically modified (GM) corn that led to the loss of an important export market for U.S. corn when shipments were suspended.
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 and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
June 26, 2017 – The jury found Syngenta negligent and awarded $217,700,000 in compensatory damages in a class action including more than 7,000 Kansas corn growers, who were represented in the suit by 4 Kansas corn producer plaintiffs.
Plaintiffs alleged that they suffered economic damages when Syngenta sold 2 GM strains of its corn seed – Agrisure Viptera and Agrisure Duracade – to the U.S. market prior to China approving the strains.
China, a major importer of American corn, began refusing all shipments of corn from the U.S. in 2013 after a genetic trait found in Viptera – MIR162 – was detected in certain batches. The genetic trait was not approved in China at the time, according to The New York Times.
The Kansas class action lawsuit (Five Star Farms et al. vs. Syngenta AG et al., No. 2:14-cv-02571) was heard in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. It is the first of 8 state class action lawsuits certified in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) to date.
The other certified class actions involve Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio and South Dakota corn producers. Numerous other complaints are pending certification.
Do I Have a Syngenta 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 lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Free Case 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 a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.