A federal jury has awarded nearly $218 million to Kansas farmers who sued Syngenta AG over its introduction of a genetically engineered corn seed variety.
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June 26, 2017 – The Kansas jury sided with 4 corn farmers representing about 7,300 producers in the first class action of tens of thousands of lawsuits alleging that Syngenta’s introduction of the Viptera seed strain led to the loss of an important export market for U.S. corn when shipments were suspended.
The lawsuit served as a bellwether trial, providing guidance for how the litigation is likely to be resolved. Attorneys can gauge how juries are likely to react and determine whether to settle other cases or take them to trial.
Syngenta began selling Viptera in the U.S. in 2011, but China — a major importer of American corn — didn’t approve it until December 2014. The class action alleged that Syngenta’s move to market the seed before China’s approval of it caused years of depressed corn prices in the U.S. Court documents indicate that Syngenta aggressively marketed the seeds even when it knew Chinese approval was going to be a problem.
Most of the plaintiffs didn’t grow Viptera corn personally, but China also rejected millions of metric tons of their grain because elevators and shippers typically mix grain from large numbers of suppliers, making it nearly impossible to know which corn was free of the trait. As a result, all U.S. corn farmers were hurt by the resulting price drop, according to the class action.
The case is: Five Star Farms et al. vs. Syngenta AG et al., No. 2:14-cv-02571.
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