The dramatic drop in corn prices resulting from Syngenta’s premature marketing of unapproved GMO corn see and the consequent Chinese ban on U.S. corn has affected hundres of thousands of corn farmers and other entities in the U.S. corn industry. Corn farmers, whether or not they grew Syngenta’s GMO corn, may be able to seek compensation from Syngenta. Certain states, including Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Alabama, and South Dakota may also allow additional sub-classes of workers to seek compensation for their losses.
Those affected by Syngenta’s action include:
- Independent farmers
- Large farms
- Grain elevators
Due to Syngenta’s negligence, thousands of lawsuits have already been filed in state and federal courts across the country, in an effort to hold Syngenta accountable for causing a meltdown of the corn market. The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated all federal Syngenta GMO corn lawsuits into a centralized multidistrict litigation before the Honorable John W. Lungstrum in the District of Kansas. The vast majority of cases have been filed in state court in Minnesota, where Syngenta is headquartered in the U.S.
Thousands of corn farmers have filed suit against Syngenta, including farmers in:
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
If you have suffered an economic loss because of the drop in the price of corn in 2013 and 2014, you may be entitled to financial compensation from Syngenta. The attorneys of Watts Guerra have had extensive success pursuing a range of mass torts, including previous GMO litigation. We can review your individual situation and give you advice about participating in this GMO corn lawsuit.
We have extensive experience successfully handling agricultural lawsuits. Mikal Watts negotiated the first of two global settlements with Bayer Crop Sciences, totaling $750 million for rice farmers harmed by the reduction of rice prices caused by contamination of the U.S. rice supply by unapproved GMO rice. This settlement resolved all state court litigation filed in Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana, and served as a template for the subsequent settlement of all federal court claims, consolidated in the Eastern District of Missouri, in MDL 1811, In Re: Genetically Modified Rice Litigation. This agricultural mass tort compensated rice farmers and landlords across multiple states for damages resulting from contamination by unapproved GMO rice, which dramatically reduced the market value of their crops. Mr. Watts led the effort to obtain a $750 million settlement, making him one of only a very few attorneys experienced in agricultural mass torts, handling GMO mass actions to great financial success for his clients.
We can assist farmers across the country in recovering financial compensation for damages caused by the drop in corn prices due to Syngenta’s actions.