Litigation Update- April 2017
To date, nearly 60,000 producers have filed lawsuits against Syngenta. These lawsuits are based upon actions taken by Syngenta with respect to the commercialization of its corn seed product Agrisure Viptera. In 2011, Swiss-based company Syngenta released a genetically modified corn seed known as Agrisure Viptera, which was designed to include a protein that deters pests such as corn borers, black cutworm, and corn rootworm. When this product was released for farmers to purchase, it had been approved for sale in the United States, but had not yet been approved by several foreign countries, including China and the European Union. Despite lacking international approval, Syngenta sold the GMO corn seed to hundreds of U.S. farmers leading to an estimated 3% of the current corn crop being grown from the engineered seed.
In November 2013, China detected Viptera corn in a shipment from the United States and consequently rejected the shipment. This decision was broadcast throughout the international media and had dramatic consequences for our corn farmers. The methods by which American crops are gathered and distributed do not allow for the segregation of the unapproved GMO corn from approved corn. From the first refused shipment until February 2014, China rejected the majority of American corn, and the price of corn dropped drastically. China then imposed a complete ban on the import of American corn, turning away nearly 3.37 million tons of corn.
As the third largest importer of American corn, China’s ban on corn from the U.S. had a massive impact on the corn market in 2013 and 2014. Estimates put the resulting loss of income to the corn industry at several billion dollars.
The first trial is set to begin April 24, 2017, in Minneapolis with the Hon. Thomas Sipkins presiding. This will be a jury trial. The second trial is set for June 5, 2017, in Kansas City, Kansas, and the third trial is set for August 14, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Court has ordered each producer to complete a Plaintiff Fact Sheet (PFS) and to produce additional documents, including:
If you are a current client and have not submitted these documents, please do so as soon as possible by sending them to 110 North Mill Street, Fergus Falls, MN 56537 or email to email@example.com. If you do not submit these documents to us, your claim may be dismissed.For more information, contact Attorney Sarah Duffy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 218-736-5493.
- 2016 crop insurance APH report
- 2011-2016 FSA-578s
- 2011-2016 elevator summary reports detailing corn sold
- 2011-2016 corn seed invoices
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