New Syngenta GMO Corn Seed Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Nebraska Farmers, Wright & Schulte LLC Reports

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This Syngenta GMO Corn Seed Lawsuit is Just One of Dozens Claims Filed Over the Company’s Attempts to Commercial Genetically Modified Corn Seed Prior to Its Approval in China.

syngenta-gmo-corn-seed-lawsuit-agrisure-viptera-gmo-corn-seed-1A new Syngenta GMO corn seed lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Nebraska farmers who allegedly sustained significant financial losses due to the Swiss-based agricultural company’s attempts to commercialize certain genetically modified (GMO) corn seed varieties before they were approved for sale in China. According to Omaha.com, the class action complaint was filed in U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska, and claims that even farmers who did not plant the GMO varieties were harmed, as the corn seed has contaminated “farmland, farming equipment, storage facilities, harvesting equipment, and transportation facilities.”
[omaha.com/money/nebraskans-join-fight-over-genetically-modified-corn/article_2d6f1467-8fae-5649-a475-3a97b0f84d5f.html, Omaha.com, December 4, 2014]

According to the Nebraska Syngenta lawsuit, the GMO seed, known as Agrisure Viptera, was genetically modified to make it resistant to insects and other pests. The complaint alleges that because the variety was not approved by Chinese regulators, Syngenta’s attempts to commercialize the product resulted in the wholesale rejection of U.S. shipments by China beginning in November 2013. As such, corn exports to China fell 85% in the early part of 2014.

The Nebraska complaint is just one of dozens of Syngenta GMO corn seed lawsuits currently pending in U.S. courts. According to court documents, additional claims have been filed on behalf of farmer and agribusinesses in Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas. Earlier this month, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered that all currently pending Syngenta GMO corn seed lawsuits, as well as those filed in the future, be transferred to a single federal court for coordinated pretrial proceeding. The December 11th Order assigned the docket to the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas. (In Re: Syngenta AG MIR 162 Corn Litigation – MDL No. 2591)

Like those involved in the Nebraska lawsuit, court documents indicate that plaintiffs in other Syngenta lawsuits also claim that the company’s handling of the GMO corn seed has cost U.S. farmers more than $1 billion. The lawsuits seek compensation for those allegedly harmed by Syngenta’s actions, as well as punitive damages against the company.

Farmers and businesses that allegedly incurred financial damages due to Syngenta’s practices in regards to Agrisure Viptera may be entitled to compensation for their losses. Wright & Schulte LLC is offering free legal consultations to any commercial corn grower, harvester or seller who incurred significant financial harm due to China’s rejection of U.S. corn shipments. For more information on filing a Syngenta GMO corn seed lawsuit, or to arrange for a free legal review, please visit yourlegalhelp.com.

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