In 2014, corn seed farmers, grain elevator operators, and exporters nationwide have suffered devastating economic losses when China banned imports of genetically-modified corn. The problem is that Syngenta Viptera, a genetically modified corn seed, has contaminated much of the seed supply in the United States.
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UPDATE: Syngenta Sues Grain-Traders in GMO Corn Dispute
November 20, 2015 — Syngenta has sued Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland Col., two of the biggest grain-traders in the United States, as the fight over who is responsible for billions in economic losses from GMO corn heats up. 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 — A grain-shipping company in Illinois has filed for bankruptcy and blames their economic losses on China’s rejection of American corn tainted with genetically-modified (GMO) seeds. 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 from Ohio have joined a lawsuit against Syngenta AG, the Swiss agribusiness who sent corn prices plummeting after they introduced Viptera. 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 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.
In 2009, the Swiss company Syngenta AG used genetic engineering to create an insect-resistant breed of corn, known as MIR162. It is marketed as Agrisure Viptera and Agrisure Duracade. They are resistant to pests such as corn borers, black cutworm, and corn rootworm.
What is the problem?
The United States allows genetically modified organisms (GMO) corn seeds, but they are banned for export into China.
Viptera was only planted on about 3% of American corn acres in 2012 and 2013, but the seed has contaminated much of the corn supply, due to cross-pollination and co-mingling of corn grown by different farmers during processing, storage, distribution, and transportation.
Billions in Economic Losses
Until recently, China was the third-largest customers for American corn seed exporters. However, since November 2013, China has rejected nearly all imports, barring nearly 1.45 million tons of corn shipments because trace amounts of genetically modified corn can be found throughout the supply. This has resulted in over $1 billion in losses for farmers in the United States.
Class Action Lawsuits
Angry farmers are now filing lawsuits against Syngenta, seeking compensation for economic losses. Syngenta is facing a number of lawsuits and class actions.
Lawsuits accuse Syngenta of aggressively and recklessly marketing Viptera by misleading corn farmers, grain elevator operators, exporters, and the rest of the industry about the regulatory approval of Viptera in the Chinese market.
According to Reuters, Syngenta 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.” Two years later, farmers are still waiting on that clearance.
Lawsuits also claim Syngenta recklessly encouraged farmers to plant the genetically modified corn side-by-side with other corn seed products, which increases the risk of cross-contamination.
Coordinated lawsuits have been filed in at least a dozen states, including federal courts in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri. The plaintiffs are mostly farmers who did not plant seed containing Viptera but could not sell their products due to cross-contamination.
In December 2014, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) will hear oral arguments for consolidating Syngenta Viptera lawsuits at the federal level.
Syngenta Hit With Lawsuits from Cargill and Trans Coastal
September 2014 — Reuters reports that Trans Coastal Supply Co., a major exporter of livestock feed, has filed a lawsuit alleging that they expect to lost $41 million because Syngenta marketed Viptera to American farmers without first obtaining import approval from China. Another lawsuit filed by Cargill, Inc., alleges that they expect to lose $90 million.
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