New GMO Corn Lawsuit Alleges U.S. Corn Exports Are Down 85% Because of Syngenta Inc.’s Efforts to Rush Agrisure Viptera GMO Corn Seed to Market in China
The Syngenta lawsuit attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC note that legal claims over Syngenta, Inc.’s handling of its Agrisure Viptera corn seed continue to mount in courts throughout the U.S. Most recently, a GMO corn lawsuit complaint was filed in Kane County Circuit Court by an Illinois farmer who claims that U.S. corn exports are down 85% because of Syngenta’s efforts to rush Agrisure Viptera to market. The lawsuit accuses Syngenta and other defendants of failing to take reasonable steps to ensure that the corn they were shipping to China was not contaminated with the genetically modified (GMO) variety.
[courthousenews.com/2015/11/16/farmer-takes-on-syngenta-over-gmo-corn.htm, Courthouse News Service, November 16, 2015]
According to the complaint, Syngenta began selling Agrisure Viptera corn seed in 2011, though it had not yet been granted regulatory approval in a number of countries, including China. China is one of the most important markets for U.S. agricultural crops, and has a well-known zero tolerance policy regarding the sale of seeds with unapproved genetic traits. “Despite knowing the rest of the world was not as eager as the United States to adopt bioengineered food or feed, Syngenta began selling Viptera in the United States before other countries decided whether to approve it,” the complaint states.
The Plaintiff asserts that Syngenta’s sale of the Viptera variety made contamination of the U.S. corn supply a certainty. Among other things, the lawsuit alleges that the company encouraged farmers to grow Viptera side-by-side with other commercial corn varieties, despite knowing that cross pollination or mixing with adjacent crops was likely to occur.
In November 2013, China began rejecting U.S. corn shipments tainted with the Viptera trait, ultimately turning back more than 1.2 million tons of U.S. crops. According to the lawsuit, these rejections cost U.S. agribusinesses more than $1 billion. Although Syngenta did eventually gain approval for the import of Viptera to China in December of 2014, the approval came far too late to prevent the loss of the Chinese market to U.S. corn.
[in.reuters.com/article/2014/12/18/corn-china-approvals-idINL1N0U225D20141218, Reuters, December 18, 2014]
Finally, the lawsuit points out that even before China approved Viptera, Syngenta began marketing yet another genetically modified corn seed known as Duracade. China, all 28 member states of the European Union and 13 other countries have refused to approve Duracade for human or animal consumption.
Court documents indicate that more than 540 similar Syngenta lawsuits are currently pending in the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, where federal claims involving the company’s handling of GMO corn seed products have been consolidated in a federal multidistrict litigation. All of the cases pending in the litigation allege that the Swiss-based agricultural company misled U.S. farmers about the timeline for regulatory approval of the Viptera GMO variety in China. (In Re: Syngenta AG MIR 162 Corn Litigation – MDL No. 2591)
Any farmer in the U.S. who grew commercial grade hybrid corn from 2011 through 2014 – regardless of the variety – is eligible to file a Syngenta lawsuit in the federal litigation underway in Kansas. Wright & Schulte LLC continues to investigate cases on behalf of farmers and others who claim to have sustained financial damages due to Syngenta’s sale of Viptera seed prior to its approval in China. 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.
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