- Initially, we require only limited information to file the suit – a farmer’s contact information (name, address, phone number and email address), the name and location of the farm, and an estimate of the number of corn acres planted in 2013 and 2014.
- Farmers will need to provide documents evidencing the quantity of corn bushels they produced in crop years 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 (crop insurance applications, grain elevator summary sheets and FSA forms 578).
- On your behalf, we will conduct discovery and take depositions concerning Syngenta’s negligent marketing of its GMO corn strains.
- On your behalf, we will also present expert testimony concerning Syngenta’s responsibility for the drop in corn prices in 2013.
Before a farmer decides to proceed forward with a lawsuit against Syngenta, he or she may want to know what documents will be needed to prove the case against Syngenta.
Initially, we require only a signed one-page contract, and just limited information in order to file the suit. First, we need to receive the name of the farming entity. If the farmer operates individually, the farmer’s name is sufficient. If the farm is operated through a partnership, each member of the partnership may file his own claim, but only for the percentage of the farm controlled by that person. If the farm is operated as a corporation, the president or C.E.O. of the corporation, or a person authorized to contractually bind the corporation, will need to sign for the corporation. Likewise, if the farm is owned by a trust, the trustee of the trust will need to sign the contract for the trust. Second, we need the county and state where the farm is located. Third, we need an approximation of the number of corn acres farmed during crop years 2013 and 2014. Finally, we need the contact information for our client – name, address, phone number, and if available, email address. We intend to send quarterly status letters to our clients, and will either email them if we are provided with an email address, or will otherwise send them through the mail. With this limited information, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf.
During the litigation, farmers will need to provide documents evidencing the quantity of corn bushels they produced in crop years 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 (Crop Insurance Applications, Grain Elevator Summary Sheets and FSA Forms 578). Once we collect these documents from you, we will use them to fill out a Plaintiff Fact Sheet, with which we will provide basic information to Syngenta, and provide them with court-ordered documentation concerning the quantity of corn bushels produced. Once the Plaintiff Fact Sheet is turned in, the work of the farmer will be largely complete.
At this point, our work as your lawyers really begins. On your behalf, we will conduct discovery and take depositions concerning Syngenta’s negligent marketing of its GMO corn strains. During the discovery process, we will collect from Syngenta millions of pages of documents, and a team of lawyers will review them, categorize them topically, and summarize the important documents. At that point, we will begin taking the depositions of relevant Syngenta employees. We may travel to China to take discovery concerning China’s decision to reject Syngenta’s GMO corn strain known as MIR 162. We will hire experts on your behalf, tender them for Syngenta to depose, and then take the depositions of experts retained by Syngenta. In sum, during the discovery process, we collect the information we will need to prepare these cases for trial. On your behalf, we will present expert testimony concerning Syngenta’s responsibility for the drop in corn prices in 2013.
In sum, only limited documentation will be needed from you to prove your case. Once that documentation is collected, we will work diligently on your behalf to collect evidence from others in order to prove your case against Syngenta.
Mikal C. Watts
WATTS GUERRA, LLP
Four Dominion Drive, Bldg. Three, Suite 100
San Antonio, Texas 78257
* This information is provided to supply relevant information concerning the GMO corn lawsuit, and should not be received as legal advice. Legal advice is only given to persons or entities with whom Watts Guerra LLP has established an attorney-client relationship. If you have another lawyer in the GMO Corn lawsuit, you should consult with your own attorney, and rely upon his or her advice, rather than the information contained herein.