Missouri Syngenta Class Action Lawsuit

Syngenta Class Action News

Syngenta agrees to pay more than $1.4 billion to farmers in corn accord.
Exporter of livestock feed products is the latest to file suit against Syngenta.
A billion-dollar corn export market to China has been crippled.

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Statement from plaintiff's co-lead counsel on media reports of Syngenta settlement

Following the $217.7 million verdict on behalf of Kansas corn farmers, Co-Lead Class Counsel can confirm a preliminary global settlement framework for all American corn farmers and certain non-producers. Although this is not a final settlement, we will continue negotiations with Syngenta on a final settlement agreement that ultimately must be submitted to the Court for consideration and approval. These negotiations are likely to continue over the next several weeks.

Co-Lead Class Counsel are Patrick Stueve of Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP, Don Downing of Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C., Scott Powell of Hare, Wynn, Newell, & Newton, and William Chaney of Gray Reed & McGraw LLP

September 26, 2017

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Corn Farmers Who Did Not Plant Syngenta's Viptera or Duracade, Don't Miss Out On Your LAST CHANCE to Collect Market Losses.

National Grain and Feed Association has stated that grain was affected by 11 -20 cents per bushel on multiple harvests, because of Syngenta's premature release of MIR162 and the loss of the China market.

U.S. and Missouri Corn Farmers, Beware of Law Firms That Are Signing Up Farms As Individual Claims

The AW Smith Law Firm in Missouri is only signing up farmers as part of the "Class of U.S. Corn Farmers in 20 States." This is the largest group and more importantly, they are being led by Gray, Ritter and Graham out of St. Louis, MO., Gray, Reed and McGraw out of Dallas, TX., Hare, Wynn, Newell and Newton out of Birmingham, AL., and Stueve Siegel Hanson out of Kansas City, MO. The federal court has already chosen this group, as the lead counsel in the case against Syngenta, over all of the other law firms in the nation. Another way of saying it, this group of firms, is by far the most capable of handling this case, for the federal courts, and for U.S. Corn Farmers.

Missouri is now being overrun with lawyers trying to sign up unsuspecting corn farmers, as individual claims. Corn Farmers are urged to know the difference. Contact the AW Smith Law Firm now by using our contact form. We will call you back swiftly and explain everything to you. Our group has been doing it longer than all of the rest. Let us be your local contact. We will make sure we have your claim filed, as part of the class.

U.S. Corn Farmers Joining The Class Action Lawsuit Against Syngenta

The AW Smith Law firm of Columbia Missouri, is representing corn farmers throughout the state of Missouri, in a class action lawsuit against the Swedish seed company Syngenta. Syngenta sold the GMO corn seed Agrisure Viptera MIR162. This seed was never approved by China, for sale in China. These lawsuits that are being filed by corn farmers across the US, claim that Syngenta knew, or should have known, that selling the Agrisure Viptera MIR162 seed would contaminate the U.S. corn exports, prevent U.S. corn from being sold to numerous export markets such as China. These markets that have not granted regulatory approval to MIR162, have and continue to have, a zero tolerance policy. This major disruption in U.S. corn export, is certainly contributable to the drastic reduction in corn prices. All corn farmers have the right to file a claim, to recover the appropriate market losses, that will be defined in the future, by the courts and by leading U.S. economists.

The Details About Syngenta's Agrisure Viptera® MIR162 GMO Corn Seed

Syngenta AG, one of the world's leading agri-businesses, engineered a corn trait known as MIR162. This corn trait helps to make plants more resistant to crop destroying pests. These pests include black cutworms, corn rootworms and corn borer worms. According to court documents, Syngenta has spent over five years in developing the trait. These documents also state that the company has invested over 20 million dollars in this same trait. Court documents also state that Syngenta AG began selling it to U.S. growers as early as 2011, that U.S. Corn Farmers planted 2.8 million acres of Syngenta's Agrisure Viptera, and many of which were told that China would be approving the MIR162 trait, in a matter of days or weeks. The suit also state this approval never came and the release of this seed was premature.

Major Issue of Syngenta Claiming Agrisure Viptera® Will Be Accepted By China and Others

Corn farmers, grain elevator businesses, large corporate grain exporters, and the general public were misinformed about China's approval of Syngenta AG's Viptera corn seed. 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." 

Rather than being responsible and waiting for China to approve Viptera corn, Syngenta encouraged farmers to plant the GMO corn to enhance its profit margins.

China Continues To Reject MIR162 GMO Corn

Beginning in November 2013, China enforced their zero tolerance policy for the presence of Syngenta's Agrisure Viptera MIR162 in all U.S. corn imports. The presence of Syngenta's unapproved corn trait MIR162 has directly resulted in a continuing saga of trade and export disruptions. These disruptions include testing, delays in vessel discharge, deferrals, diversion and the rejection of multiple cargoes – when MIR162 subsequently was detected in U.S shipments of corn and distillers dried grains. The U.S. corn farmer is being shut out of China's feed grain import market. This market has previously been supplied by the U.S., almost exclusively. This will also continue to have a negative impact on corn prices until the trait ceases to show up in exports, or China begins to accept MIR162.

Corn prices have certainly taken a hit now that China, the U.S.'s third largest corn export market, is refusing to import corn from the U.S. because of Syngenta's MIR162 corn trait. China has refused over 1.45 million metric tons of U.S. corn that have tested positively for the MIR162 trait. They have also refused eight additional GM corn shipments. One thing is for certain, this major event in the corn market that started in November 2013 doesn't have any signs of ending soon. The major U.S. corn exporters are certainly seeing the losses in revenue. The U.S. corn farmers are suffering losses also, many of them just don't know it yet because they are working hard at another year of record harvests.

What Is The Financial Impact?

The National Grain and Feed Association has estimated that China's ban on the Syngenta GMO Corn has cost $2.9 billion in economic losses to the U.S. corn, distiller's grains and soy economies. They also estimate that U.S. corn farmers, grain elevators and handlers, and major corn exporters could suffer economic losses of up to $3.4 billion dollars, in the first fiscal year alone, which started September 1, 2014. This can all be seen in The National Grain and Feed Association's April 2014 report.

China most recently was the No. 3 export market for the U.S. corn industry. China imported 5 million tons. Since China started to refuse U.S. shipments of corn, due to traces of Syngenta's MIR162 corn trait, China's purchases of U.S. corn have fallen by 85 percent and corn prices have fallen to a five-year low, according to details listed in the lawsuit, from leading U.S. economists.

The National Grain and Feed Association has asked Syngenta to stop selling the genetically modified corn varieties, and has estimated to date that Syngenta's impact on falling prices is about 11 cents per bushel. However, others say conservative estimates are more like 25 cents to 50 cents per bushel.

U.S. corn futures had soared to $8 a bushel in the summer of 2013, but had dropped almost 50 percent by the end of the year. At these estimates, exporters, grain handlers and U.S. corn farmers, could see some significant revenue recouped, from these market losses.

Corn farmers who did not plant seed containing the MIR162 trait still have a right to claim market losses in this class action lawsuit. The MIR162 corn trait is showing up in the majority of the U.S. Corn because it is virtually impossible to contain due to normal pollination, cross-breeding and the way the U.S. gathers, transports and stores the U.S. corn supply.

Missouri Corn Farmers Need To Fill Out Our Contact Form

The AW Smith Law is working with Gray, Ritter and Graham of St. Louis in signing up every corn farmer in the state of Missouri and other states as well. We are investigating claims of economic and financial loss right now. Please use our contact form and a team member will contact you to ensure we have all of your farms information correct when getting you on the list of claimants. You may also use our contact form to simply request additional information to be kept in the loop when more information is released.

U.S. Corn Farmers Class Action - No Fees Unless We Collect For You

Be sure to include how many acres you plant in corn, the type of seed or seeds you plant, and what counties your farms are located in. One of our team members will contact you immediately to explain how this class action lawsuit will proceed. Like most class action lawsuits, there is never a legal fee unless we collect damages for you. This is not an anti-GMO lawsuit. This is about leading U.S. economists stating that the major event going on, in the corn industry right now, was caused by a number of factors. The courts will decide if Syngenta was negligent in the premature release of MIR162, and if so, how much are they responsible for in the market losses. Your farm is due your share of those market losses, if such a decision is made. Our firm will make sure, in the state of Missouri, corn farmers have all of the right information filed.

Syngenta Class Action Claims

All U.S. Corn Farmers can now file claims for market losses! Click on the photo above to fill out our online class action form now.

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