Syngenta GMO Corn Lawsuit Complaints Filed By Wright & Schulte LLC On Behalf of Minnesota And Ohio Corn Farmers Mirrors Claims By Farmers, Grain Handlers, And Others Who Blame Syngenta For A Drop In U.S. Corn Prices After China’s Rejection Of Tainted U.S. Corn.
Wright & Schulte LLC recently filed an additional Syngenta GMO corn lawsuit complaint on behalf of 12 Ohio and Minnesota farmers, two farming businesses in Ohio and one in Minnesota, who allege they suffered significant economic losses allegedly due to Syngenta AG’s marketing and selling of its genetically modified (GMO) corn products.
The plaintiffs in this GMO corn lawsuit complaint maintain they did not buy Syngenta’s corn seed with the MIR162 trait. However, Syngenta encouraged side-by-side planting of its bioengineered Agrisure Viptera MIR162 corn with non-GMO corn, and the various corn varieties were stored and transported together, according to the complaint. Syngenta did not receive approval from China before shipping its Viptera corn, the Syngenta GMO corn lawsuit claims. Chinese regulatory officials discovered the MIR162 trait and began in November 2013, rejecting all U.S. corn shipments. As a result, the plaintiffs said they had to sell their corn at a significant loss. The GMO corn lawsuits contends that Syngenta knew or should have known that the Viptera corn would contaminate the broader corn supply. The complaint also alleges that Syngenta made misrepresentations for more than two years that China’s approval of MIR162 was imminent, yet it was only approved in December 2014. (Case No. 27-CV-15-11240, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota)
“Our law firm continues to hear from corn farmers who continue to feel the financial impact of China’s rejection of U.S. corn. We are encouraging farmers and other businesses in the corn industry, to speak with us because they may have legal options for compensation,” says Richard Schulte, a founding partner with Wright & Schulte LLC who is representing numerous farmers and farming businesses in their GMO corn seed lawsuits against Syngenta.
As stated in Syngenta GMO corn lawsuit complaints, in 2009, Syngenta released a genetically engineered corn trait called, MIR162, to protect against various corn-eating insects and to enable significant crop yield gains. While the United States, Brazil, Argentina and other countries approved the MIR162 corn, known as Agrisure Viptera, Syngenta submitted the GMO corn seed to China for approval in March 2010. The complaints say that China is a major corn buyer and purchased an estimated 5 million tons of U.S. corn in 2012-2013, up from 47,000 tons in 2008. In November 2013, China’s regulatory officials discovered the MIR162 trait in the Viptera corn and began rejecting U.S. corn shipments. While waiting for China’s approval, Syngenta released a second generation GMO seed, called Agrisure Duracade, for planting in 2014. China did not approve the Viptera corn until December 2014, but by then several planting and harvesting cycles had passed, and the corn market had been severely affected, according to the corn seed complaints.
(In Re: Syngenta AG MIR 162 Corn Litigation – MDL No. 2591)
Court documents indicate that lawsuits have been filed against Syngenta AG in state and federal courts nationwide. In December, a multidistrict litigation (MDL) was established for federally filed Syngenta complaints in the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, where pretrial proceedings are underway. The Syngenta lawsuits purport that Syngenta misinformed farmers, grain elevators, grain exporters, and the general public into believing that China would soon approval the MIR162 corn seed and that the lack of Chinese approval would not impact the corn market prices. Syngenta’s premature actions in shipping its GMO corn seed inflicted widespread harm to the U.S. corn market, according to the complaints. The National Grain and Feed Association found that China’s rejection of U.S. corn, led to a projected loss of $1.14 billion for the last nine months of the marketing year ending on August 31, 2014, the corn lawsuits claim.(In Re: Syngenta AG MIR 162 Corn Litigation – MDL No. 2591)
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