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April 17, 2016 ǀ Richard Coffman Named Chairman-Elect of the ASOR Board of Trustees - The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) elected Richard Coffman Chairman-Elect of the Board of Trustees; he will assume the Chairman position on July 1, 2016. ASOR is a non-profit organization whose mission is to initiate, encourage, and support research into, and public understanding of, the history and cultures of the Near East and wider Mediterranean world, from the earliest times. ASOR was founded in 1900 by twenty-one institutions—including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Columbia. Over a century later, ASOR has more than 90 consortium institutions, including universities, seminaries, museums, foundations, and libraries, and over 1,550 individual members. For more information about ASOR, visit www.asor.org.

March 23, 2016 ǀ Kansas City Federal Court Appoints Settlement Special Master - Following up on its February 25 Coordinated Order, the Kansas City Federal Court took the lead and appointed Ellen K. Reisman, a name partner at Reisman Karron Greene, LLP, a Washington, D.C. law firm she co-founded, to serve as “a special master to assist the Court in efficiently coordinating settlement discussions.” Ms. Reisman is charged with “ordering the parties to meet face-to-face and engage in serious and meaningful negotiations,” construct an efficient procedure to do so, and make recommendations to the Court. The Court further suggested that the order be entered by each of the other state and federal courts where cases against Syngenta are filed. Most important, the Court ordered Ms. Reisman to proceed with all reasonable diligence in fulfilling her assigned duties. We expect she will. The settlement train is picking up steam. Now is the time to file your case.

March 2, 2016 | Firm files class action on behalf of municipalities, water districts, and other government agencies and private companies against California Water Technologies, LLC, PVS Chemicals, Inc., PVS Technologies, Inc., Kemira Chemicals, Inc., and Hawkins, Inc. for artificially raising, fixing, stabilizing, and maintaining the prices of, and allocating customers in the market for, ferric chloride sold in the United States since at least 2006.

February 25, 2016 ǀ Courts Issue Coordinated Order Regarding Appointment of a Settlement Special Master - The judges of the Kansas, Illinois, and Minnesota courts presiding over the Syngenta MIR 162 GMO corn seed litigation have conferred and jointly determined that it would be beneficial to appoint a single Special Master “to vigorously and systematically explore settlement of all the cases in all of the courts in which they are pending.” On behalf of all of the judges, the federal judge in Kanas City issued a coordinated order requiring counsel for both sides to meet and confer in an effort to reach an agreement on who should be appointed as the Special Master. If an agreement cannot be reached, each side may make up to three nominations by March 11, and the courts will decide on the appointment. Settlement winds are beginning to blow a bit harder. Now—more than ever—is the time to file your claim.

February 3, 2016 ǀ Chinese Company's Offer to Buy Syngenta Could Drive a Settlement - In the biggest takeover attempt yet by a Chinese company, the Chinese government-owned China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) has offered to acquire Syngenta for $43 billion. China is looking to secure its long-term food supply and obtain access to cutting-edge technology and global markets. If completed, the acquisition would be a setback for Monsanto. In August 2015, Syngenta declined Monsanto’s $47 billion purchase offer. Why, only six months later, did Syngenta’s price tag drop by $4 billion? Is Syngenta worth less now? On the contrary. History tells us that mega-mergers—such as the proposed ChemChina/Syngenta deal—often drive settlements of major pending litigation. Perhaps the proposed deal requires Syngenta to resolve its pending litigation with U.S. corn, milo, and soybean producers involving MIR 162 GMO corn seed. Time will tell. We represent over 5,000 U.S. corn, milo, and soybean producers against Syngenta. Now is the time to file your claim.