Wright & Schulte LLC Reports $217.7 Million Verdict In First GMO Corn Lawsuit Trial Against Syngenta


GMO Corn Lawsuit Filings Representing 7,000 Corn Farmers Contend Major Financial Losses After China Rejected Unapproved Genetically Modified Corn Seed.

syngenta-lawsuit-gmo-corn-seed--lawyer-wright-and-schulteGMO Corn Lawsuit News: A federal jury awarded $217.7 million Friday to Kansas farmers who claimed they lost millions of dollars over Syngenta’s genetically modified corn (GMO). Friday’s verdict ended a three-week bellwether trial held in the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas. The case involved four Kansas farmers representing more than 7,000 corn-producers in the state. Farmers in more than 20 states have filed lawsuits against Syngenta AG over the Swiss-based agribusiness shipping its commercialized corn seed to China without first receiving approval from the country’s regulatory officials. (In Re: Syngenta AG MIR 162 GMO Corn Lawsuit Litigation – MDL No. 2591)

The jury award was only for compensatory damages and not punitive damages. Syngenta plans to appeal the verdict, according to an Associated Press report. The next GMO corn lawsuit trial is scheduled in August in Hennepin County, Minnesota for about 60,000 cases. In addition to Kansas and Minnesota, U.S. District Judge John Lungstrum, who is managing the Syngenta litigation, has certified statewide class-action lawsuits in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and South Dakota.

“We are very pleased that the jury heard the evidence presented during the trial and understood the significant impact the financial losses had on the farmers,” says the Syngenta attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC, who are representing hundreds of plaintiffs in Syngenta GMO corn seed lawsuits. Our clients will receive the restitution they deserve 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.

According to the corn farmers’ lawsuit, the problems with Syngenta’s corn seed dates began in 2009 when the company genetically modified its Agrisure Viptera corn with the MIR162 trait to protect crops against corn-eating insects and to support significant crop yield gains. In 2010, Syngenta sought approval of the GMO corn seed from China, the third leading market for U.S. corn. The farmers maintain in their complaint that Syngenta did not wait for China’s regulatory officials to approve the corn seed before genetically modifying another corn seed called Agrisure Duracade. In November 2013, China detected the MIR162 trait in U.S. corn and began rejecting the products. The farmers claim that China rejected an estimated 1.4 million metric tons of U.S. corn. In December 2014, China approved the commercialized corn seed but by that time, the U.S. corn industry was already collapsing, according to the GMO corn lawsuit. State and federal lawsuits both claim that farmers lost between $5 billion to $7 billion as a result of China’s barring import of U.S. corn.
(In Re: Syngenta AG MIR 162 GMO Corn Lawsuits Litigation – MDL No. 2591)

In addition to farmers, Syngenta is also defending itself in lawsuits brought by companies that do not produce corn. In 2015, Rail Transfer, Incorporated, Trans Coastal Supply Company, Inc., and Winnsboro Elevator, LLC, filed a joint lawsuit claiming non-corn producers were also financially harmed by Syngenta’s commercialized corn. The companies asked Judge Lungstrum to certify their complaint as class-action to represent country elevators that purchase or store corn, haulers and transfer companies that transport and load corn and corn by-products for export; and exporters of corn and corn by-products. (In Re: Syngenta AG MIR 162 GMO Corn Lawsuits Litigation – MDL No. 2591)

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