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Farmers across the country are filing lawsuits in state and federal courts against Syngenta, the maker of a genetically-modified corn seed known as Agrisure Viptera MIR162. Syngenta is a global Swiss agribusiness that markets seeds and agrochemicals. In 2010, Syngenta released MIR162, a genetically engineered corn trait, to the US market. Viptera was designed to be resistant to insects such as the corn borer and corn rootworm. Syngenta brought the seed to market without it being approved for sale in China. At the same time it was marketing the seed, Syngenta told investors in April of 2012, “There isn’t outstanding approval for China, which we expect quite frankly to have within a matter of days.” It wouldn’t get approval from China until December of 2014.
In June of 2013 China found traces of Viptera in US corn shipments and subsequently shut down US corn imports. Starting with the first rejection of US corn due to the Syngenta seed, corn prices fell from near $7/bushel to a little under $3.30/bushel in October of 2014. The Syngenta corn lawsuit looks to recover money for farmers who lost value to their crop from falling corn prices caused by the Viptera seed.
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How did Syngenta cost corn farmers millions?
By refusing Syngenta’s seed, as well as any other corn that was tainted by Syngenta’s seed, China effectively increased corn supply in the US. This increase in supply led to a decrease in price. Syngenta does not believe that it is responsible, stating, “oversupply in general caused corn prices to fall.” China finally approved Viptera on December 16, 2014. Between November 2013 and March 2014, 3.327 million metric tons of US corn were either rejected or diverted. An analysis done by the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) estimated that the trade disruption with China over unapproved Syngenta Agrisure Viptera corn amounted up to a $2.9 billion loss from both corn and soy. The USDA had predicted that China would import 7 million metric tons of corn in 2013, but as a result of the rejection of shipments due to Viptera contamination, the US only exported 1.23 million metric tons to China.
What can farmers do?
Farmers filing a Syngenta Corn lawsuit would file individual suits, which would then be consolidated into one civil action or a mass tort. Farmers who believe that they were harmed by the release of Syngenta’s seed can file suit regardless of the state in which they live. It doesn’t matter if the Viptera seed was planted, as this lawsuit is focused on the damage to corn prices overall. Anyone who planted corn in 2013 and/or 2014 is potentially eligible to recover damages lost to falling corn prices.
How long will this take?
- Mass Tort claims like these can take 18-24 months, some can go even longer.
- The Rice suits took several years.
- Pradaxa cases took less than 2 years.
What can I expect to get?
Experts have estimated damages to range between $0.11 and $1 a bushel.
How much do I have to be involved?
It takes very little effort to sign up-about 10 minutes of paperwork and a signed agreement. At some point we may need some of the following paperwork:
- FSA forms showing production and price of corn from 2011 to present
- Crop insurance records
- Court ordered plaintiff fact sheets
Fewer than 1% of the farmers who file suits are likely to be deposed.
What will this cost me?
We work on a contingency fee basis which means we would only be paid from a recovery of your damages. If there is no recovery, there is no fee. The fee is 40% of the recovery. We are paying all expenses out of our fee.
If you or someone you know was negatively impacted by Syngenta’s seed, contact an attorney at Hensley Legal Group today for a free consultation. If you have questions about a Syngenta Corn Lawsuit our attorneys can help you understand your options. Call our office any time at 1-888-505-8232, or reach us via the web. Fill out the ‘Get Help Now’ form and someone from our office will contact you as soon as possible to talk about your claim.