Syngenta Corn Lawsuits Unswayed by China’s Approval of Viptera Corn

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Syngenta corn attorneys at the Onder Law Firm report progress in the national multidistrict Syngenta Viptera corn lawsuits filed on behalf of farms alleging corn losses.

Syngenta corn attorneys confirm that Syngenta Viptera lawsuits* will progress despite recent news that Viptera corn will now be accepted for import by China**, a central point in the litigation, according to court documents. Attorneys handling Syngenta corn lawsuits for farms, grain distributors, exporters, and other agricultural entities are providing a Syngenta lawsuit news update at their website, the Syngenta Viptera Corn Lawsuit Center.

According to a Conditional Transfer Order (an official court document), more than 160 Syngenta corn lawsuits were transferred to the multidistrict litigation on December 29, 2014, adding to the nine original Viptera corn lawsuits.* While the lawsuits originate from more than fifteen different states, they have been consolidated in U.S. District Court in Kansas, according to court documents. Farms and other agricultural entities located in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, and South Dakota that have filed lawsuits against Syngenta are now a part of the pretrial proceedings in Kansas, according to court documents.

The defendant in these corn lawsuits, Syngenta (a Swiss-based global agribusiness), recently announced that Chinese officials had approved Viptera corn seed for import.** Syngenta corn lawsuits allege that farms and other agricultural entities suffered economic losses as a result of the introduction of Viptera corn seed to the U.S. corn market prior to China’s approval of the genetic modification known as MIR162, which characterizes Viptera corn, according to court documents.

Syngenta corn lawsuits will continue despite the announcement, according to Syngenta Viptera attorneys. “Syngenta corn lawsuits have been filed by companies that believe they sustained economic losses during the 2013-2014 grain marketing season. The approval of Syngenta’s Viptera corn and the genetic trait MIR162 does not negate what has happened in the past. It is our goal to stand by American farmers. To that end, we provide no-cost, no-obligation corn lawsuit review for entities within the agricultural industry who believe they have sustained losses resulting from the presence of Viptera corn seed,” said Jim Onder of the Onder Law Firm.

Syngenta corn attorneys confirm that the multidistrict litigation is progressing in U.S. District Court in Kansas, based on court documents. An initial scheduling conference will take place on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 1:30 pm, according to court documents.

The Syngenta Viptera corn lawsuit Transfer Order, dated December 11, 2014, provides a general overview of the litigation: “These cases concern the Syngenta defendants’ decision to commercialize corn seeds containing a genetically modified trait, known as ‘MIR 162,’ that reportedly controls certain insects. Corn with this trait has entered U.S. corn stocks but has not been approved for import by the Chinese government, which has imposed a complete ban on U.S. corn with this trait. . . . Plaintiffs are corn growers and a grain exporter who suffered economic losses resulting from China’s refusal to accept MIR162 corn. All actions involve common factual questions regarding Syngenta’s decision to commercialize the MIR162 genetically modified corn trait in the absence of Chinese approval to import corn with that trait.”

Lawyers representing plaintiffs in Syngenta corn lawsuits believe that agricultural businesses that sustained economic losses related to corn or other grains during the 2013-2014 growing season, whether they grew MIR162 Agrisure Viptera seed or not, may qualify to file a Syngenta Viptera 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 corn attorneys provide information to the public at syngentavipteracornlawsuitcenter.com.

*In Re: Syngenta AG MIR162 Corn Litigation, MDL 2591, U.S. District Court of Kansas
**reuters.com/article/2014/12/22/corn-china-idUSL3N0U62OL20141222, 12/22/14

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