Viptera Corn Receives Approval; Syngenta Corn Lawsuits Stay the Course

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Attorneys handling Syngenta corn lawsuits at the Onder Law Firm provide a Syngenta Viptera lawsuit news update at their website, SyngentaVipteraCornLawsuitCenter.com.

James G. Onder

This week, Chinese trade officials confirmed the country will now accept corn shipments containing MIR162.* Attorneys handling Syngenta corn lawsuits for farms, grain distributors, exporters, and other agricultural entities are offering an update on Syngenta lawsuit news at their website, the Syngenta Viptera Corn Lawsuit Center. While the approval of Viptera and Duracade corn should prevent further economic setbacks, many farms and other grain industry proponents have already suffered significant losses, according to a statement issued by the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) in April of 2014.**

Farms, distributors, exporters and other entities participating in the United States grain industry have already filed Syngenta corn lawsuits around the country to recover losses they allegedly suffered during the 2013-2014 growing season as a result of Syngenta Viptera corn, according to court documents. Earlier this month, Syngenta Viptera lawsuits were consolidated in U.S. District Court in Kansas by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML), according to official court documents. The case, In Re: Syngenta AG MIR162 Corn Litigation, MDL 2591, transferred existing Syngenta corn lawsuits from eight other courts nationwide, according to court documents.

Syngenta corn lawsuits focus on the specific genetic trait MIR162, which was sold to American farmers for planting prior to its approval for import into China, according to court documents. Plaintiffs in these corn lawsuits allege that misleading advertising and false promises on behalf of Syngenta resulted in farmers growing MIR162 seed (whose commercial names are Agrisure Viptera and Agrisure Duracade), and then sustaining economic losses as a result, according to court documents.

The NGFA reported that corn growers and others in the grain industry suffered up to $2.9 billion in economic losses as a result of the presence of MIR162 in the U.S. grain export supply.** During the 2013-2014 grain season, China rejected entire shipments of grain that tested positive for the genetically-modified trait, according to the NGFA. The effect of Viptera seed in the U.S. grain supply had far-reaching ramifications: the United States’ corn trade with China came “to a standstill”, and trade of other commodities such as soybeans became “riskier”.** In the absence of corn from the United States, China adjusted to rely on other crops and other suppliers, according to the NGFA.

Syngenta corn lawsuits that have been filed across the nation seek to regain economic losses suffered by corn farms, distributors, exporters and others, according to court documents: “Corn farmers, grain elevator operators, and corn exporters have all suffered significant economic damages as a result of Syngenta’s release, promotion, and commercialization of a certain genetically engineered corn trait – MIR162 – into the United States corn production system.” Attorneys handling Syngenta Viptera lawsuits believe that agricultural companies that sustained economic losses related to corn or other grains during the 2013-2014 growing season, whether they grew Agrisure Viptera seed or not, may qualify to file a Syngenta corn lawsuit. Vipterta corn attorneys are offering no-cost, no-obligation case review through their website, the Syngenta Viptera Corn Lawsuit Center.

Syngenta corn attorneys for the Onder Law Firm provide weekly Syngenta Viptera corn lawsuit news and are now accepting inquiries from corn farmers, grain elevators, distributors, and exporters who have sustained economic losses related to corn farming, distribution, domestic sales, or export. 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 Syngenta corn lawyer, and may contact the firm through its Syngenta Viptera Corn Lawsuit Center website.

The Onder Law Firm also welcomes Syngenta Viptera 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 syngentavipteracornlawsuitcenter.com.

*reuters.com/article/2014/12/22/corn-china-idUSL3N0U62OL20141222, 12/22/14
**ngfa.org/2014/04/21/ngfa-estimates-up-to-2-9-billion-loss-to-u-s-corn-soy-in-aftermath-of-trade-disruption-with-china-over-detection-of-unapproved-syngenta-agrisure-viptera-mir-162-corn-2/, 4/21/14

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