St. Louis, Missouri (PRWEB) November 04, 2014
A nationally-recognized law firm for its work in product and family safety litigation, the Onder Law Firm announces the launch of its new website, Agrisure Viptera Corn Lawsuits. Serving as a resource to farmers, grain elevators, corn distributors and exporters, the new website provides timely Syngenta Viptera lawsuit news updates and information to proponents of the grain industry throughout the United States.
According to an October 11, 2014 Minneapolis Star Tribune article*, Syngenta Viptera corn lawsuits have already been filed by farmers in 6 states around the nation. Current Syngenta corn lawsuits, such as one filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska (case number: 8:14-cv-00305), alleged that Syngenta’s introduction of Agrisure Viptera GMO corn seed “crippled the 2013-14 corn export market to China”.
The lawsuits allege that Syngenta, AG, a global Swiss agribusiness, willfully misled farmers about importance of China as an export market for corn. According to court documents, plaintiffs have alleged Syngenta told them "the vast majority of corn produced in the US is used domestically," when in fact 20% of corn grown in the U.S. is exported. China has been a major importer of U.S. corn in recent years, and the country’s rejection of corn shipments is projected to be more than $1 billion in losses to the grain industry, according to the October 11 Star Tribune piece.
Farmers in general allege they have been harmed by Syngenta’s actions, citing a recent 11-cent-per-bushel drop in corn prices which they blame on actions taken Syngenta, according to the Star Tribune. The source of that figure, the National Grain and Feed Association, has advocated for Syngenta to halt the sales of Viptera corn, according to the news piece.
Agrisure Viptera and its more recent counterpart, Agrisure Duracade, are genetically-modified (GM) corn seeds that are designed to ward off common corn plant pests including the corn borer, according to an October 15 article** in the Washington Examiner. The seeds feature the genetic trait MIR 162, and were released in 2009 and 2013, respectively. MIR 162 has been approved in the United States and other countries such as Brazil and Argentina, but has not been approved in China. In November of 2013, China began categorically rejecting shipments of U.S. corn that tested positive for a trace of the genetic variant.
Plaintiffs in Syngenta Viptera corn lawsuits allege that "Syngenta knew, or should have known, that releasing Viptera would lead to the contamination of U.S. corn shipments and prevent U.S. corn from being sold to export markets such as China, which had not granted regulatory approval to MIR162,” according to court documents. Syngenta corn lawsuits are underway in multiple states, seeking class action status for agricultural businesses harmed by the presence of Viptera corn seed.
The Onder Law Firm is now accepting inquiries from farmers and other agricultural business who have sustained economic losses related to corn farming, distribution, domestic sales, or export. Syngenta corn lawyers are investigating these inquiries for possible Agrisure Viptera lawsuits. The Onder Law Firm is a recognized leader in multi-district litigation and complex cases such as products liability and failure to warn cases. The firm is nationally-renowned for its work on window blind strangulation, and has notable expertise in fighting on behalf of individuals against powerful corporations. Agricultural business that have sustained losses related to corn are eligible for a free evaluation with a Viptera corn attorney, and may contact the firm through its Agrisure Viptera Corn Lawsuits website.
The Onder Law Firm also welcomes Agrisure Viptera lawsuit inquiries from other law firms, either to handle these inquiries or work as co-counsel.
About The Onder Law Firm
Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson, LLC is a St. Louis based personal injury law firm handling serious injury and death claims across the country. Its mission is the pursuit of justice, no matter how complex the case or strenuous the effort. Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson has represented clients throughout the United States, and other firms throughout the nation often seek its experience and expertise on complex litigation. It is a recognized leader in products liability cases such as window blind cord strangulation and pharmaceutical litigation. The Onder Law Firm’s Syngenta Viptera corn lawyers provide information to the public at http://www.agrisurevipteracornlawsuits.com.