It is our job to do the heavy lifting and prove your lawsuit against Syngenta. On your behalf, we will conduct discovery, take depositions and present expert testimony about Syngenta’s responsibility for the drop in corn prices. But before deciding to move forward in the GMO corn litigation, you may want to know what we need from you to prove your case against Syngenta.
Initially, we require very limited information to file your lawsuit:
- farmer’s contact information,
- farm’s name and location, and
- estimated number of corn acres planted in 2013 and 2014.
Later, you will need to provide documents describing the number of corn bushels produced in recent crop years. Once we collect these documents, we will use them to bolster your corn lawsuit.
Initially, we require only a signed one-page contract and three pieces of limited information in order to begin working on your claim.
- The name of the farming entity and the location of the farm, including county and state. If the farmer operates individually, the farmer’s name is sufficient. If the farm is operated through a partnership, each member of the partnership may file his own claim, but only for the percentage of the farm controlled by that person. If the farm is operated as a corporation, the president or C.E.O. of the corporation, or a person authorized to contractually bind the corporation, will need to sign for the corporation. Likewise, if the farm is owned by a trust, the trustee of the trust will need to sign for the trust
- The approximate number of corn acres farmed during crop years 2013 and 2014.
- The contact information for our client – name, address, phone number, and if available, email address. We intend to send quarterly status letters to our clients. We will send them by email if we are provided with an email address. Otherwise, we will send them through the mail.
As the case progresses, farmers will need to provide documents evidencing the quantity of corn bushels produced in crop years 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. This documented evidence includes Crop Insurance Applications, Grain Elevator Summary Sheets and FSA Forms 578. Once we collect these documents from you, we will use them to fill out a Plaintiff Fact Sheet. This Plaintiff Fact Sheet will provide basic information to Syngenta about your claim including the court-ordered documents describing the quantity of corn bushels your farm produced. Once the Plaintiff Fact Sheet is turned in, the work of the farmer will be largely complete.
At this point, our work as your lawyers truly begins. On your behalf, we will conduct discovery and take depositions concerning Syngenta’s negligent marketing of its GMO corn strains. During this phase, we will collect millions of pages of documents from Syngenta and a team of lawyers will review, categorize, and summarize the important documents as potential evidence of Syntenta’s reckless behavior. Then, we will begin taking the depositions of relevant Syngenta employees. We may travel to China to obtain evidence and testimony concerning China’s decision to reject Syngenta’s GMO corn strain known as MIR 162. We will hire experts on your behalf, present them for Syngenta to depose, and will also depose and question Syngenta’s experts. In sum, during the discovery process, we collect the information we will need to prepare these cases for trial. On your behalf, we will present expert testimony concerning Syngenta’s responsibility for the drop in corn prices in 2013.
In sum, only limited documentation is needed from you to prove your case. Once collected, we will work diligently on your behalf to collect evidence from others and prove your claims 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.