Settlement Reached in Syngenta GMO Lawsuit 13 Mar 18

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Swiss agribusiness giant has agreed to a $1.5 billion settlement in a lawsuit over genetically modified corn seed variety.

Officials for Syngenta and attorneys for thousands of farmers, ethanol plants and other grain handlers announced the settlement Monday of a class action lawsuit.

The lawsuits were filed after Syngenta introduced its Viptera seed strain to the U.S. market before it was approved by China for imports. Attorneys for the plaintiffs argued that Syngenta’s decision cost U.S. corn producers and handlers access to the Chinese corn market for years.

Syngenta began selling Viptera in the U.S. for the 2011 growing season but China didn’t approve it until 2014.

The settlement covers all U.S. producers who sold corn priced after September 2013.

A federal judge still must approve the settlement.

  • ELG, Law Offices

    As a lawyer and industrial hygienist, I am very thrilled to hear about the outcome of this lawsuit. Corn farmers, as well as ethanol plants and grain trading facilities, are now able to claim the financial compensation they deserve from the trust fund Syngenta is going to establish in the near future, which will cover the damages caused by the company’s unapproved Agrisure Vipterain. I strongly encourage everyone whose business had to suffer at the hands of Syngenta to seek legal assistance as soon as possible, as the earlier you file a claim, the larger the amount of money you will receive might be. If you worry you will not qualify for compensation because your crop insurance has already paid part of your loss, you can rest assured that you are still eligible for filing a claim, so do not hesitate to take action.

    However, I am completely appalled at the nonchalance with which Syngenta dismisses their obvious liability, insisting that they were not at fault for the tremendous losses U.S. farmers endured after employing their product. The corn prices throughout the U.S. had been plummeting for approximately 5 years because farmers could no longer sell their harvest on the Chinese market. With the risk of sounding too harsh, I find Syngenta’s post-settlement statements very disappointing and craven.

    Greg A Cade, industrial hygienist and principal attorney at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. – Syngenta GMO Corn Claims –