On April 5, 2017, the Kansas City federal judge dismissed the lone legal claim in the national class action. This is a Syngenta corn lawsuit game changer. There no longer is a national class action protecting the legal rights of corn producers who elected to do nothing and stay in the Syngenta national class action.
Even though there no longer is a national class action, there are nine certified state class actions—Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and South Dakota. Corn farmers in these states who did not opt out and file individual cases are members of their respective state class actions where their claims will be tried.
But since the Syngenta national class action has been dismissed, the only way corn farmers in the other 41 states can participate in the Syngenta corn lawsuit and share in any recovery is to hire a lawyer and file an individual case.
THE SYNGENTA CORN LAWSUIT IN A NUTSHELL
In late 2010, Syngenta began marketing a new corn seed—Agrisure Viptera—containing the MIR 162 GMO trait before it was approved by China. China ultimately detected MIR 162 in U.S. corn shipments in November 2013. As a result, China, then the third-largest U.S. corn export market at the time, refused to accept U.S. corn—thereby driving down corn prices and damaging U.S. corn producers.
Syngenta later marketed and sold another GMO corn seed—Agrisure Duracade—containing the MIR 162 trait and a new GMO trait, Event 5307. While MIR 162 was ultimately approved by China, Event 5307 never has been, thereby prolonging U.S. corn farmers’ economic agony. The U.S. corn market has yet to fully recover.
Every U.S. farmer who has grown and sold corn since 2013 has been damaged, has a claim, and may participate in the corn lawsuit to recover money damages from Syngenta. U.S. corn farmers have a claim even if they did not plant Syngenta corn seed because Syngenta’s actions tainted the entire U.S. corn crop in China’s eyes.
THE SYNGENTA CORN LITIGATION LANDSCAPE
Many corn lawsuits have been filed. They are centered in federal court in Kansas City, and in state courts in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and southern Illinois.
There are two “camps” in the Syngenta corn litigation—the class action camp and the individual plaintiff camp. There are over 60,000 corn farmers in the individual plaintiff camp.
The first test case is scheduled to begin in the Kansas City federal court in early June 2017.
WE DO NOT REPRESENT ANY SYNGENTA CORN LAWSUIT CLASS ACTION. WE ONLY REPRESENT INDIVIDUAL PLAINTIFFS ON A CONTINGENT FEE BASIS
We represent over 7100 corn producers in 42 states who have filed individual cases in the Syngenta corn lawsuit, including 15 of the 48 test case plaintiffs. We are not the class action lawyers.
We are experienced agricultural litigators with national law practices. We are not referral lawyers. If you hire us, you get us—not someone else. We will personally handle your case. We have the experience, organization, manpower, and resources to represent you.
If you don’t have a lawyer, we would be pleased to represent you. Under our contingent fee Contract, we will advance all expenses. There is no up-front out-of-pocket cost to you. And we don’t get paid unless you get paid. Check out our Digital Online Contract. Or print the PDF version.
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This is going to be a great year for U.S. corn farmers with individual cases on file in the Syngenta corn lawsuit. Should a settlement be announced, it is quite possible it may only be available to corn producers with individual cases are on file. Don’t be left behind. Complete and return your Contract today, so we may file your individual case and protect your legal rights.
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