Federal Judge Certifies GMO Corn Lawsuits Involving 440,000 Corn Farmers As Class-Action Status


Wright & Schulte Represents Corn Farmers In GMO Corn Lawsuits Filed Against Syngenta After They Suffered Financial Losses Due To China’s Refusal of Shipments

GMO Corn Lawsuits Syngenta-Viptera-Corn-Financial-Losses-LawsuitThe federal judge presiding over GMO corn lawsuits filed against Syngenta has granted class-action status to corn farmers’ lawsuits. The GMO corn lawsuits accuse Syngenta AG of shipping genetically modified (GMO) corn seed to China without that government’s approval. U.S. District Judge John Lungstrum certified a class of at least 440,000 farmers who did not use Syngenta’s corn seed but lost an estimated $5-$7 billion due to China’s rejection of the GMO corn in 2013, according to a Kansas City Star report. The class consists only of farmers who priced any corn for sale after November 18, 2013 and who did not purchase Syngenta’s Viptera or Duracade corn seed products, according to Judge Lungstrum’s order issued on September 26. (In Re: Syngenta AG MIR 162 GMO Corn Lawsuits Litigation – MDL No. 2591)

Judge Lungstrum certified one nationwide class-action and statewide class-actions in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and South Dakota. Plaintiffs who filed Syngenta complaints in Minnesota, where Syngenta’s U.S. headquarters is located, are excluded from the class. The class certification streamlines the court proceedings and “will make it easier and less expensive” for the plaintiffs to pursue their claims, Reuters reported. A representative from Syngenta said in the Reuters report that the company maintains it was not responsible for the plaintiffs’ losses and said it may appeal the class certifications. (In Re: Syngenta AG MIR 162 GMO Corn Lawsuits Litigation – MDL No. 2591)

“Individual plaintiffs who choose to become members of a class do not have to pursue legal claims on their own, unless they decide to opt out of the class,” explains the Syngenta attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC, who are representing hundreds of plaintiffs in Syngenta GMO corn seed lawsuits. To speak with one of the law firm’s experienced attorneys, call 1-800-399-0795 or visit yourlegalhelp.com for more information on filing a Syngenta lawsuit.
The GMO corn litigation began after Syngenta commercialized its Viptera and Duracade corn seed products with a genetic trait known as MIR 162. Syngenta said that genetically modifying the corn would make it resistant to insects and other pests. The company sought approval from China of the GMO corn seed products in March 2010. However, Syngenta did not wait to receive approval from Chinese government officials but began shipping the corn products to China, the third leading market for U.S. corn. China began rejecting U.S. corn shipments in November 2013 after discovering the presence of MIR 162 trait in the corn seed products. In December 2014, China approved the GMO corn seed products, but the lawsuits contend the U.S. corn industry was already collapsing by that time. The National Grain and Feed Association estimated that China’s rejection of U.S. corn from November 2013 to 2014, caused financial losses ranging from $1 billion to $2.9 million.

In addition to corn farmers, court records indicate that non-producers in the corn industry asked for class-action certification of their Syngenta complaints. In 2015, non-producers Winnsboro Elevator, LLC, Rail Transfer, Incorporated, and Trans Coastal Supply Company, Inc., jointly filed a Syngenta complaint alleging that they were financially injured due to Syngenta’s actions over its commercialized corn. The complaint seeks to represent other non-producers that include, but not limited to, “country” elevators, which are local elevators that purchase or store corn; haulers and transfer companies that transport and load corn and corn by-products for export; and exporters of corn and corn by-products.

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[reuters.com/article/us-syngenta-ag-lawsuit-farmers-idUSKCN11X280, Reuters, September 19, 2016]
[kansascity.com/news/business/article104515111.html, Kansas City Star, September 27, 2016]

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