Syngenta Lawsuit Information
Friday January 18, 2019 — Syngenta’s Viptera and Duracade GMO seeds have caused major trade disruptions with China.
Losses to the U.S. grain industry are estimated to be as high as $2.9 billion.
Those who incurred lost revenue may include:
- Corn farmers
- Grain elevators
- Producers of DDGS
- Other industry members
Lawsuits are now underway to compensate these stakeholders for Syngenta’s GMO contamination of U.S. corn supplies.
China’s Ban on U.S. Imports
In November 2013, China issued an import ban on U.S. corn products.
Chinese regulators issued the ban after detecting the presence of MIR 162, a biotechnology-enhanced corn trait produced by Syngenta.
MIR 162 is known commercially as Agrisure Viptera.
At the time, the Chinese government had not yet approved MIR 162 for import into the country.
Despite a lack of import approval from China, however, Syngenta commercialized Viptera throughout the United States.
The company similarly commercialized Agrisure Duracade (or Event 5307) prior to receiving regulatory approval in China.
Once released, Syngenta’s GMO seeds contaminated the U.S. corn supply through cross-pollination as well as commingling in fields, grain elevators, and storage facilities.
The resulting loss of trade with China has caused long-term damage to the U.S. grain industry.
The Lawsuit Against Syngenta Corn
Lawsuits are now developing nationwide against Syngenta for the damage caused by its GMO corn seeds.
The lawsuits allege that Syngenta sought to maximize profits before expiration of the company’s patents on Viptera and Duracade.
Accordingly, Syngenta commercialized these traits years before receiving regulatory approvals in China, a major U.S. export market.
Further, the suits allege that the company failed to adequately channel its GMO traits away from the general domestic corn supply.
Perhaps most significantly, Syngenta is alleged to have been aware of the harm its conduct would cause to the U.S. corn trade yet proceeded to commercialize its products despite the risk.
How to Join the Syngenta Corn Lawsuit
If you wish to join the Syngenta corn litigation, the first step is to consult an attorney about your claim.
Cases may be filed in various state or federal courts, either individually or as part of a proposed class action.
Our lawyers can inform you about the best options for your case.
Contact our office by phone or online for a free consultation.