- Watts Guerra LLP negotiated the first of two Settlement Agreements with Bayer Crop Sciences, which resulted in a settlement in the amount of $750 million of U.S. rice farmers’ claims in the GMO Rice Case against Bayer for its destruction of the 2006-2009 U.S. rice corn export market.
- The very public announcement of Bayer’s agreement to pay U.S. rice farmers $750 million for its actions causing the collapse of the American rice export market stands as notice to the industry, and to Syngenta specifically, that it must use due care in introducing new GMO strains. Syngenta failed this test with respect to its introduction of GMO corn.
- Many federal and state court rulings concerning legal motions in the GMO Rice case were adjudicated in favor of the farmers, and consequently, have provided valuable published legal precedent that will be cited to judges in this GMO Corn Case against Syngenta.
- Similar facts, and the same lawyers and experts, from the GMO Rice case are involved here in the GMO Corn case against Syngenta. As a result, we are very confident that the end result will be against Syngenta, and in favor of the U.S. corn farmer.The GMO Rice Lawsuit Involved the Collapse of the U.S. Rice Export Market
The GMO Rice lawsuit involved claims of 11,000 U.S. rice farmers against Bayer Crop Sciences, L.P., (“Bayer”) for its negligent introduction of a non-approved strain of GMO rice into the U.S., which resulted in the collapse of the U.S. rice export market from 2006-2010. Watts Guerra LLP played a key role in the negotiations between rice farmers and Bayer, which later resulted in a settlement of $750 million dollars for Bayer’s role in the collapse of the U.S. rice export market.
Syngenta Failed to Heed the Lessons Taught in the GMO Rice Lawsuit
The settlement between Bayer and the rice farmers sent an important message to multi-national seed suppliers like Syngenta that they need to use due care in introducing new GMO strains into the U.S. market. Shockingly, Syngenta failed to heed the lessons that the lawsuit against Bayer taught. Instead, Syngenta chose to take a risk on the backs of U.S. corn farmers by prematurely introducing its GMO corn strain, known as MIR 162, without advanced approval from our corn export partners. Further, Syngenta took such risk without implementing the reasonable stewardship programs it promised the U.S. Government it would oversee in order to prevent Syngenta’s unapproved corn seed from submarining the entire U.S. corn export market. Syngenta’s actions here, especially in light of the notice provided previously by the settlement with Bayer, will likely give rise to punitive damages against Syngenta in this case.
Syngenta Will be Bound by Precedent Set in the GMO Rice Lawsuit
Moreover, during the GMO Rice lawsuit, Bayer unsuccessfully filed numerous legal motions, which were soundly rejected by judges in both federal and state courts. These decisions in the GMO Rice cases were published, and therefore constitute legal precedent to be followed by the courts in this case under the legal doctrine known as stare decisis.
We Handled The GMO Rice Lawsuit and Expect Favorable Results
Similar facts, and the same lawyers and experts, from the GMO Rice lawsuit are involved here in the GMO Corn lawsuit. As a result, we are very confident that the result in this litigation will be against Syngenta, and in favor of the U.S. corn farmer.
In summary, the previous GMO Rice lawsuit will prove invaluable for farmers, grain elevators, and corn exporters filing suit here against Syngenta.
* This information is provided to supply relevant information concerning the GMO corn lawsuit, and should not be received as legal advice. Legal advice is only given to persons or entities with whom Watts Guerra LLP has established an attorney-client relationship. If you have another lawyer in the GMO Corn lawsuit, you should consult with your own attorney, and rely upon his or her advice, rather than the information contained herein.