Lawyers with experience in agricultural litigation understand the importance of not allowing a lawsuit to interfere with planting season or harvest season. Crops around the world have their own unique production cycles. In the United States, corn is planted primarily in April through June, while it is harvested primarily in mid-October through late November.
We know it is very important to you that no significant litigation activity is scheduled during the critical planting season and harvest season. We will ensure that any case activity during planting season and harvesting season is minimized.
For example, many farmers are aware that we have been holding town hall meetings with farmers continuously since late November 2014. The purpose of these meetings is to provide farmers with the information they need concerning the GMO corn lawsuit against Syngenta in a way that does not interfere with their primary task of planting and harvesting corn.
Together with our joint venture partners, we have conducted approximately 500 town hall meetings in 2015 alone. However, these town hall meetings were discontinued once planting season began. We have scheduled town hall meetings to resume in early June, once planting season is over. Likewise, these meetings will be scheduled only from June 1, 2015 through October 15, 2015, when the harvest season begins.
Furthermore, although we inform our clients that they need to assist us by preserving and collecting documents necessary to prove their claims, we do not need this to be done during busy times at the farm. We specifically tell our clients not to step off their tractors to gather documents for their cases. There will be time after planting season and before harvest season to get this work done.
We anticipate that up to 100,000 GMO corn lawsuits may be filed against Syngenta. However, we expect that the courts will schedule only a handful of cases for trial initially in what is known as the “bellwether” process. Bellwether trials are scheduled after discussions with attorneys representing both sides. As your attorneys, we will take extreme care to ensure that your planting or harvest season is not interrupted by a deposition or a trial. You can rest assured that your participation in this lawsuit against Syngenta will not prevent you from doing your job.
* 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.