U.S. corn farmers file class action against Syngenta

cornIn October 2014, corn farmers throughout the United States filed several class action lawsuits against agriculture giant Syngenta over the use of their genetically-engineered MIR 162 corn seed, also known as Agrisure Viptera. These lawsuits claim that farmers have been damaged by Syngenta’s release of the MIR 162 seed into the market before the seed received import approval from China, a key export market.

The lawsuits also allege that Syngenta’s decision to continue to market the genitically-engineered seed, despite it not being approved by Chinese import authorities, has caused U.S. corn to be essentially excluded from the Chinese market, thereby affecting its prices in the United States.

In addition to these allegations, the lawsuits also assert that Syngenta tried to downplay and misrepresent the importance of the corn export market on the prices of U.S. corn. They further allege that Sygenta made statements that the Chinese government would soon approve their Viptera seed, even though they knew that was not the case. This strategy kept corn growers buying the genitically-modified seed when in fact, Sygenta officials knew that China was no closer to approving the seed.

AWKO partner attorney instrumental in Starlink GMO Corn litigation

The attorneys at Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, particularly partner attorney Stephen Echsner, successfully represented farmers in the last GMO corn case, known as the Starlink Corn Litigation. In addition, our firm has represented rice farmers in the GMO rice case from Louisiana and Arkansas, and currently represents bee keepers and honey growers in similar litigation.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by Syngenta’s actions related to growing and harvesting corn, please contact Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz at (844) 794-7402 today. There are no fees or costs unless we recover for you.