Syngenta Lawsuit Lawyers at Wright & Schulte LLC Explain Issues at Center of Litigation Involving Syngenta Inc.’s Handling of GMO Corn Seed Products


Hundreds of U.S. Farmers, Corn Growers, and Distributors Have Filed Syngenta Lawsuit Claims After Allegedly Incurring Significant Financial Losses Due to Syngenta, Inc.’s Attempt to Commercialize Viptera GMO Corn Seed Prior to Its Approval in China.

Syngenta-Viptera-Corn-Damage-LawsuitHundreds of U.S. farmers, corn growers, exporters and distributers are pursuing Syngenta lawsuits, after they allegedly incurred significant financial losses due to Syngenta, Inc.’s attempt to commercialize its Viptera GMO (genetically-modified) corn seed before the product was approved by Chinese regulators, according to Wright & Schulte LLC. The Firm’s Syngenta lawyers are currently investigating claims on behalf of farmers and others who were affected by Viptera-tainted corn, and seek to inform the public about the important issues at the center of this litigation.

Syngenta Lawsuit Allegations

Court documents indicate that more than 200 Syngenta lawsuit are now pending in the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, where all federally-filed claims alleging economic damages due to Syngenta’s handling of GMO corn seed varieties have been consolidated for coordinated pretrial proceedings. Among other things, these lawsuits claim that U.S. corn growers were not warned that Syngenta’s Viptera GMO seed hadn’t yet been approved in China. Plaintiffs further allege that once Viptera was on the market, the seed was planted next to fields that contained other corn varieties, and mixed with those varieties at grain elevators, terminal grain facilities, and even ships that carried corn exports to other countries. As a result, it wasn’t long before Viptera had contaminated the entire U.S. corn supply. (In Re: Syngenta AG MIR 162 Corn Litigation – MDL No. 2591)

Eligible Syngenta Plaintiffs

Syngenta lawsuits are not being filed on behalf of farmer who grew the Viptera variety. Rather, the claims are being filed on behalf of farmers and others who allegedly suffered financial losses due to the drop in U.S. corn prices that resulted from China’s rejection of shipments tainted with the Viptera trait. Court records pending in the District of Kansas indicate that 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 claim in this proceeding.

According to court documents, Syngenta lawsuit plaintiffs include farmers Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, and other corn growing states, as well as big agribusinesses such as Cargill, Inc., Trans Coastal Supply Co., and Archer-Daniels-Midland Company.

Origins of the Syngenta Litigation

In November 2013, Chinese regulators began rejecting U.S. corn shipments tainted with Viptera corn. This brought U.S. corn exports to China to a virtual halt, with that country’s regulators rejecting more than 1.2 million tons of crops due to contamination with the Viptera variety.
[, Reuters, December 18, 2014]

Financial Losses Due to China’s Viptera Rejections

China is the third-largest importer of U.S. corn. Syngenta lawsuits claim that its Viptera rejections have cost farmers and agribusinesses more than $1 billion.
[, Bloomberg News, October 30, 2014]

Syngenta’s Duracade Variety

Chinese regulators finally approved Viptera GMO corn seed in December 2014. But according to Syngenta lawsuits, the company is now marketing Duracade, another GMO corn seed product that has not yet been approved in China. Plaintiffs claim that Duracade will also contaminate the U.S. corn supply, resulting in further Chinese rejections.
[, Reuters, December 18, 2014]

Potential Syngenta Lawsuit Damages

According to court documents, plaintiffs who have filed Syngenta lawsuits in the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, are seeking financial compensation for monetary losses allegedly related to China’s rejection of Viptera-tainted corn. The lawsuits also seek punitive damages to sanction Syngenta for its allegedly reckless conduct, and injunctive relief.

Syngenta Lawsuit Consultations

U.S. growers of commercial -grade hybrid corn must act now if they wish to obtain compensation for the economic damages allegedly caused by Syngenta’s handling of Viptera GMO corn seed. For more information on filing a Syngenta lawsuit, or to arrange for a free legal consultation, please contact Wright & Schulte LLC today by visiting

About Wright & Schulte LLC

Wright & Schulte LLC, an experienced personal injury firm, is dedicated to the belief that America’s legal system should work for the people. Every day, the attorneys of Wright & Schulte LLC stand up for the rights of people who have been injured or wronged and fight tirelessly to ensure that even the world’s most powerful corporations take responsibility for their actions. If you’re looking for a law firm that will guarantee the aggressive and personal representation you deserve, please do not hesitate to contact Wright & Schulte LLC today. Free Syngenta lawsuit case evaluations are available through or by calling 1-800-399-0795.

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