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Syngenta Viptera Corn Seed Lawsuit

Syngenta Viptera Corn Seed Lawsuit

After China banned imports of genetically-modified (GMO) corn seed, American farmers lost billions of dollars because much of the supply was contaminated with trace amounts of Viptera, a GMO seed invented by the Swiss company Syngenta AG.

What You Can Do & How a Syngenta Viptera Corn Lawsuit Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Viptera corn seed economic loss cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was unable to export corn, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Class Action Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

UPDATE: GMO Corn Fight Heats Up As Syngenta Sues Grain-Traders

November 20, 2015 — Cargill Inc. and Archer Daniels Midland Co., the two largest grain-traders in the United States, have been sued by Syngenta AG as the battle over billions of dollars in losses from GMO corn intensifies. Click here to read more.

November 5, 2015 — Over 2,000 corn farmers and agribusinesses have filed lawsuits against Syngenta and the first trials are set for June 2017. Click here to read more.

October 2, 2015 — Syngenta has lost its bid to dismiss hundreds of lawsuits involving economic losses from GMO corn, paving the way for trials. Click here to read more.

August 10, 2015 — Trans Coastal Supply Co., an Illinois grain-shipping company, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and blames their losses on China’s rejection of GMO-tainted corn. Click here to read more.

April 13, 2015 — Federal judges have quadrupled the size of the federal litigation involving Syngenta GMO corn, transferring another 1,400 cases into one centralized litigation in Kansas. Click here to read more.

March 26, 2015 — Syngenta AG is facing over 1,500 lawsuits involving economic losses from GMO corn, including individual lawsuits from corn farmers and major exporters like Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland. Click here to read more.

February 6, 2015 — Corn farmers, exporters, and other businesses in 20 states have filed another 360 lawsuits against Syngenta AG, and hundreds more are on the way. Click here to read more.

January 29, 2015 — About 1,300 farmers have filed lawsuits for economic losses caused by GMO corn, including about 163 in Texas. Click here to read more.

January 21, 2015 — Syngenta AG is facing a rapidly-growing number of lawsuits involving Viptera despite last month’s approval of the seed by Chinese authorities. The lawsuits include about 20 class actions filed by states. Click here to read more.

January 20, 2015 — A group of 30 farmers in Ohio have joined a lawsuit seeking compensation for catastrophic economic losses caused GMO corn seed sold by Syngenta AG. Click here to read more.

January 6, 2015 — Now that China has approved imports of GMO corn seed, lawyers say they can begin working out a settlement for American farmers who suffered economic losses. Click here to read more.

December 18, 2014 — Reuters reports that China has approved imports of genetically modified (GMO) corn seed and two biotech soybeans. Click here to read more.

December 12, 2014 — Federal judges have centralized 9 lawsuits involving economic losses from Syngenta GMO corn seed in a Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2591) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, overseen by Judge John W. Lungstrum. Click here to read more.

December 3, 2014 — At least three states have filed class action lawsuits against Syngenta AG, accusing the Swiss company of destroying American corn exports by selling Viptera before it was approved in China. Click here to read more.

What is Syngenta Viptera?

Syngenta AG developed MIR162, a genetically modified (GMO) corn seed, in 2009. It was marketed under the brands Viptera and Duracade. The seed is resistant to insects, including corn borers, black cutworm, and corn rootworm.

China Bans Imports of GMO Corn Seed

In November 2013, China banned imports of genetically-modified corn seed. Only 3% of corn acres in the United States were planted with GMO seeds initially. However, nearly all of the country’s corn supply was contaminated with trace amounts of Viptera due to cross contamination:

  • Cross-pollination on adjacent fields. Lawsuits claim Syngenta encouraged farmers to plant GMO corn seed side-by-side with other corn products.
  • Cross-contamination during storage and shipment. Nearly all corn is stored on shared grain elevators and transported on trucks, trains, and shipping containers. In 2011, Syngenta sued Bunge North America, a grain elevator company, for refusing to accept Viptera.

China rejected nearly 1.45 million metric tons of American corn seed after finding trace amounts of Viptera. Because China is the third-largest customer of corn exports, the price plummeted. Farmers have lost over $1 billion since 2013.

Corn Seed Losses Seek Economic Compensation

Syngenta is now facing over 150 lawsuits and 20 class actions from angry farmers who suffered economic losses. These lawsuits accuse Syngenta of aggressively and recklessly marketing Viptera in the United States.

Corn farmers, grain elevator operators, exporters, and the rest of the industry have filed lawsuits accusing Syngenta of misleading them about the regulatory approval of Viptera by China.

According to one lawsuit cited by Reuters, Chief Executive Michael Mack said in an April 2012 earnings call that he expected Beijing to clear the trait “within a matter of a couple of days.” That clearance did not happen until December 2014.

In September 2014, Cargill Inc. filed a lawsuit seeking $90 million in damages. Trans Coastal Supply Co., a major exporter of livestock feed, filed a similar lawsuit seeking $41 million in losses, according to Reuters.

Farmers in at least a dozen states have joined forces and filed coordinated lawsuits in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri. In December 2014, federal judges centralized over 160 lawsuits in a Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2591) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, overseen by Judge John W. Lungstrum.

Do I have a Syngenta Viptera Corn Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Viptera corn seed economic loss cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was unable to export corn, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Class Action Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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