Syngenta GMO Corn Lawsuit Filings Allege Corn Farmers Financial Losses After Chine Rejected Unapproved Commercialized AG MIR 162 Corn
Syngenta GMO corn lawsuit filings will move forward now that a federal appeals court declined to review a lower court’s decision to grant class-action status to corn farmers’ lawsuits. Farmers and non-farmers contend in corn lawsuits that they suffered significant financial losses. The losses came after Syngenta shipped its genetically modified (GMO) AG MIR 162 corn to China without first receiving approval from China’s regulatory officials. A multidistrict litigation (MDL) was established in the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas due to the amount of CMO corn lawsuits filed against Syngenta. (In Re: Syngenta AG MIR 162 GMO Corn Lawsuit Litigation – MDL No. 2591)
U.S. District Judge John Lungstrum, who is managing the Syngenta MDL, scheduled the first Syngenta GMO corn lawsuit trial for June 5 at the federal courthouse in Kansas City. In September, Judge Lungstrum certified a nationwide class action of at least 440,000 farmers and statewide class-actions in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and South Dakota. Syngenta appealed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. On December 7, a three-judge appellate panel issued an order denying Syngenta’s appeal request after finding Judge Lungstrum’s rulings granting class certification “well-researched and reasoned.” (Appellate Case:16-607, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit) Syngenta said the appeals court order “delays but does not preclude a future review” of the class certification decision, according to a report in Agri-Pulse.
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“Preparations for the first trial can proceed now that the appellate court has issued its ruling,” says 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 farmers contend that Syngenta commercialized its Agrisure Viptera corn with the MIR162 trait in 2009 to protect crops against corn-eating insects and to support significant crop yield gains. In March 2010, Syngenta sought approval of its MIR162 corn from China, the third leading market for U.S. corn. According to the complaints, Syngenta did not wait for China’s approval before commercializing another corn seed called Agrisure Duracade. China began rejecting U.S. corn shipments in November 2013 after discovering the MIR162 trait in the corn seed. Although China approved the commercialized corn seed products in December 2014, the GMO corn lawsuits maintain the U.S. corn industry was already collapsing by that time. According to a Kansas City Star report, farmers claim they lost between $5-$7 billion as a result of China’s rejection of U.S. corn. (In Re: Syngenta AG MIR 162 GMO Corn Lawsuits Litigation – MDL No. 2591)[kansascity.com/news/business/article104515111.html]
Court documents indicate that Syngenta is also facing GMO corn lawsuits from companies that do not produce corn. The non-producers have also asked Judge Lungstrum to grant class-action status to their GMO corn lawsuits. In March 2015, Winnsboro Elevator, LLC, Rail Transfer, Incorporated, and Trans Coastal Supply Company, Inc., filed a joint complaint alleging that they were also financially damaged due to China’s rejection of the GMO corn. The companies said they want to represent other non-producers such as country 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. (In Re: Syngenta AG MIR 162 GMO Corn Lawsuits Litigation – MDL No. 2591)
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