Syngenta GMO Corn Seed Lawsuits Rise After Cases Are Consolidated In Kansas Federal Court Reports Wright & Schulte LLC


Syngenta GMO Corn Seed Lawsuits Alleging Syngenta Caused Economic Losses To U.S. Farmers And Agribusinesses After China’s Rejection Of GMO Corn Products Continue

Syngenta-Viptera-Corn-Damage-LawsuitA month after a panel of federal judges transferred nine federally filed Syngenta GMO corn seed lawsuits to the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, the number of cases filed against the Switizerland-based Syngenta Inc. have significantly increased, Wright & Schulte LLC reports. In December, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation centralized the cases in the Kansas federal court where over 220 Syngenta GMO corn lawsuits are pending as of January 15, according to the JPML case list. The corn seed complaints are brought on behalf of corn farmers, grain handlers, exporters and others in more than 20 states who allege they suffered economic losses after China refused to accept U.S. shipments of Syngenta’s bioengineered Agrisure Viptera and Agrisure Duracade corn seed. The Syngenta complaints contend that Syngenta did not receive approval from China before commercializing its corn seed and shipping it to that country. Farmers who planted non-GMO Syngenta corn seed contend that they also suffered economic losses because their corn was contaminated by the Syngenta GMO corn seed. (In Re: Syngenta AG MIR 162 Corn Litigation – MDL No. 2591)

Wright & Schulte LLC continues to investigate the financial troubles faced by corn farmers across the country purportedly due to Syngenta’s actions and offers free legal consultations to corn farms, corn distributors and all those affected by the unapproved GMO corn seed. To speak with one of the attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC, call 1-800-399-0795 or visit for more information on the growing GMO corn litigation.

This Syngenta lawsuit was filed on behalf of three North Carolina farmers who did not plant Syngenta GMO corn purports that Sygenta encouraged side-by-side planting of Viptera corn with non-Viptera corn, ensuring contamination by commingling. The Syngenta lawsuit stated that cross-pollination also occurs when Viptera corn pollen drifts over considerable distances to non-Viptera corn fields. The GMO corn seed complaint purports that Syngenta knew or should have known of the risk and consequences of commingling Viptera corn with the broader corn supply. The complaint further contends that the farmers have incurred losses because of their corn was also rejected by exporting markets, including China, and they are unable to sell their corn to grain elevators and supply companies at the price they reasonably expected to receive. The lawsuit alleges that the farmers sustained damage to their farmland and entire farming operations. (Case No. 7:14:cv-00262, In Re: Syngenta AG MIR 162 Corn Litigation – MDL No. 2591)

Wright & Schulte LLC notes that Syngenta announced in late December the company had received a safety certificate from China granting approval to import Agrisure Viptera corn grain and processing byproducts, such as dried distiller grains for food and feed use. Syngenta said it had submitted an approval request to China in March 2010. The Columbus Dispatch reported that approval from China will not end the litigation against Syngenta since the plaintiffs argue that China’s approval does not change their current financial situations. The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) estimates that the U.S. corn industry sustained $2.9 billion in economic losses since China began turning away U.S. corn shipments in November 2013.
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Court records indicate U.S. District Court Judge John Lungstrum, who is managing the Syngenta GMO corn seed lawsuits in the Kansas federal court, recently appointed attorneys to leadership positions in the litigation. In an order issued on January 22, Judge Lungstrum appointed four attorneys as co-lead counsel to speak on behalf of all the plaintiffs at court conferences and hearings. The judge also appointed 10 attorneys to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee and a liaison counsel for other defendants in the litigation. Syngenta already has national lead attorney for all of the company’s defendants.

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