U.S. Farmers Who Did Not Grow Syngenta’s Genetically Modified Corn Allege That They Also Suffered Financial Loss After China Banned U.S. Corn Shipments Due To Syngenta Commercializing Its Corn Seed Prior To Receiving China’s Approval Of The Product.
A Syngenta class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of corn farmers in 20 states against Syngenta AG over genetically modifying its corn seed Agrisure Viptera and Agrisure Duracade which China initially rejected. The farmers allege in their GMO corn lawsuit that Syngenta bioengineered its corn seed with the GMO trait called, “MIR 162,” to make the product resistant to corn-eating insects. China enforced its zero tolerance policy on the GMO corn seed and rejected U.S. corn shipments after discovering in November 2013 that the corn contained the MIR 162 genetic trait. The farmers allege in their GMO corn lawsuit that they did not grow Syngenta’s genetically modified Agrisure Viptera or Agrisure Duracade corn, but the Syngenta’s GMO corn prompted China to ban all U.S. corn shipments, resulting in the farmers suffering economic harm. The class-action complaints purports that Syngenta knew or should have known that commercializing its corn seed would contaminate the U.S. corn exports and prevent them from being sold in different markets, including China, a major exporter of U.S. corn. The lawsuits were filed on November 11 in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri (4:14-cv-01908) and the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas. (2:14-cv-02571)
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Court records indicate that the class-action lawsuits were included in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) established for GMO corn complaints filed on behalf of U.S. farmers, grain processors and exporters against the Switzerland-based Syngenta. On December 11, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) initially transferred nine Syngenta lawsuits that were pending in eight federal courts nationwide to the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas for coordinated pretrial proceedings. The judicial panel assigned U.S. District Judge John W. Lungstrum to manage the MDL. The panel also said it would transfer at a later time “tag-along” lawsuits, which are complaints with similar allegations and questions of facts. Since the initial transfer in December, the JPML has transferred an additional 209 GMO lawsuits into the MDL, as of January 13.
(In re: Syngenta AG MIR 162 Corn Litigation – MDL No. 2591)
[jpml.uscourts.gov/sites/jpml/files/MDL-2591-Initial_Transfer-12-14.pdf, December 11, 2014]
Prior to the consolidation of cases against Syngenta, the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and the North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA) issued a joint statement in January 2014 to Syngenta asking the company to stop commercializing its corn seed until China and certain other U.S. export markets grant the required regulatory approval of its GMO corn. In April, the NGFA estimated that up to $2.9 billion in economic losses had been sustained by the U.S. corn, distillers grains and soy sectors after China rejected U.S. corn exports.
[ngfa.org/2014/01/24/ngfa-naega-issue-joint-statement-urging-syngenta-to-suspend-commercialization-of-agrisure-viptera-and-duracade-biotech-corn/, January 22, 2014]
[ngfa.org/2014/04/21/ngfa-estimates-up-to-2-9-billion-loss-to-u-s-corn-soy-in-aftermath-of-trade-disruption-with-china-over-detection-of-unapproved-syngenta-agrisure-viptera-mir-162-corn-2/, April 21, 2014]
On December 22, Syngenta announced that the company had received approval from China’s regulatory authorities to import Agrisure Viptera corn. The multistate class-action lawsuit recently filed by the farmers allege that Syngenta distributed misleading information regarding the timing of China’s approval of the GMO corn. The complaint also accused Syngenta of failing to adequately warn and instruct farmers on the dangers of the MIR 162 contamination and on the substantial risks that growing Viptera would lead to loss of the Chinese market.
(U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 2:14-cv-02571)
[syngenta.com/global/corporate/en/news-center/news-releases/Pages/141222.aspx, December 22, 2014]
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