Hundreds of GMO Corn Lawsuits Filed Against Syngenta For Purported Financial Losses Over Gentically Modified Corn Reports Southern Med Law
The attorneys at Southern Med Law have learned through court records that more than 360 Syngenta corn lawsuits have been filed by U.S. corn farmers across nearly half the country against Switzerland-based Syngenta Inc. purporting they suffered significant financial loss when China banned U.S. corn imports after finding several shipments contaminiated with genetically modified (GMO)“trait” Viptera MIR162. China began its ban of U.S. imported corn in February 2014 after finding Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera genetically modified traits in some corn before the country’s regulators had approved the GMO corn seed. According to the complaints, more than 131 million bushels of corn were rejected before China approved Viptera for consumption in December 2014, causing the U.S. corn industry as a whole to suffer a revenue loss of between $1 billion and $3 billion, Southern Med Law reports. All federally filed lawsuits have been transfered to a Kansas federal court to be included in the current Syngenta multidistrict litigation (MDL). (In Re: Syngenta AG MIR 162 Corn Litigation – MDL No. 2591)
Southern Med Law is offering free legal evaluations to farmers, businesses and others that allegedly sustained financial damages due to Syngenta’s attempts to commercialize Agrisure Viptera GMO corn seed. To learn more about filing a Syngenta GMO lawsuit, please contact Southern Med Law by calling 1-205-547-5525 today or visit SouthernMedLaw.com.
Syngenta Corn Farmer Lawsuits Allegations
Almost two weeks before Syngenta announced that its Agrisure Viptera GMO corn grain had recieved approval from Chinese regulatory officials, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation transferred all federally filed Syngenta complaints to be consolidated to U.S. District Court, District of Kansas under Senior Judge John Lungstrum.
The GMO corn lawsuits were consolidated after the U.S.J.P.M.L found that the lawsuits filed by exporters, farmers, and processors all containted common questions of fact regarding the chemical maker’s decision to commercialize the GMO corn seed prior to recieving approval from China. A lawsuit filed by Iowa agricultural business Thomas Land and Livestock Corp contends that the manufacturer made that decision while “Knowing that contamination of Viptera corn with the rest of the U.S. Corn supply was inevitable.” The lawsuit claims that Syngenta “gambled U.S. farmers’ livelihood on approval of Viptera by the major corn-importing counties.”
Similar Syngenta lawsuits have been filed in 20 states across the country including Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa, and hundreds more are expected to follow. Agricultural export giants like Cargill and ADM have also filed Syngenta GMO corn lawsuits, alleging that their businesses have also suffered. Cargill said in its complaint that Syngenta’s decision to commercialize Viptera before recieving approval from major importers is “inconsistent with industry standards and the conduct of other biotechnology companies.”
A statement by Syngenta spokesman Paul Minehart says that “Syngenta has done what a good company should do. We developed a superior product that helps farmers; we applied for and received government approvals from the U.S. and major export markets at the time; and we submitted an import application to the Chinese government that was timely, accurate and complete.” Minehart also said that these cases affect the rights of farmers to “benefit from new technologies that help grow better crops,” and the company reports that it plans to request the court dismiss lawsuits filed by U.S. farmers saying that there are no laws that says U.S. Approved products can’t be introduced to the U.S. Market if they have yet to be approved for sale in a foreign market.
Southern Med Law Helps Those Financially Harmed By Syngenta Gmo Corn Seed
Southern Med Law aggressively advocates for those who incurred significant financial losses due to the questionable business decisions of Syngenta and other agricultural chemical manufacturers. If you were financially damaged by the Viptera corn seed debacle, please contact Southern Med Law today to learn more about your legal rights. You can arrange for a free, no obligation Syngenta corn seed lawsuit review by filling out our online form, or by calling the office directly at 205-547-5525.