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 4600 U.S. corn, milo, and soybean producers against Syngenta. Now is the time to file your claim.
January 13, 2016 ǀ It's Not Too Late to File Your Claim - The unofficial word in corn country is that it is too late to file a claim in the Syngenta MIR 162 GMO corn litigation. Not true. We repeat—not true. The test case phase has begun. The pace of the litigation is picking up. If you have raised and sold corn, milo, or soybeans since 2012, you have been damaged. You have a claim even if you did not plant Syngenta MIR 162 corn seed because Syngenta’s actions tainted the entire U.S. corn market. But the deadline won’t be extended forever. If you have been sitting on the sidelines, the time has come to get in the game. A settlement could very well include only those farmers with claims on file. The Coffman Law Firm represents over 4600 U.S. corn, milo, and soybean producers against Syngenta. We also represent 14 of the 48 test case plaintiffs. We file our clients’ claims on a rolling basis. Your claim should be included in our next complaint.
December 9, 2015 ǀ The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation assigns MDL No. 2670; In re Packaged Seafood Antitrust Litigation to Judge Janis L. Sammartino in the Southern District of California (San Diego) for coordinated pretrial proceedings.
November 24, 2015 ǀ Firm files seventh complaint on behalf of direct purchaser grocery wholesaler against Tri-Union Seafoods, LLC, Bumble Bee Foods, LLC, and the Starkist Company for artificially raising and fixing the prices of packaged seafood sold in the United States since at least 2000.
November 20, 2015 ǀ In Syngenta AG MIR 162 Corn Litigation, 48 bellwether (test case) plaintiffs from Iowa, South Dakota, Ohio, Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, and Missouri selected for test case trials to begin in June 2017. The Coffman Law Firm represents 15 of the 48 bellwether plaintiffs.
November 19, 2015 ǀ Firm files sixth complaint on behalf of direct purchaser grocery wholesalers against Tri-Union Seafoods, LLC, Bumble Bee Foods, LLC, and the Starkist Company for artificially raising and fixing the prices of packaged seafood sold in the United States since at least 2000.