FAQs

What has Syngenta’s CEO, Michael Mack, said about the Viptera-China situation?

What has Syngenta’s CEO, Michael Mack, said about the Viptera-China situation? Michael Mack, Chief Executive Officer of Syngenta, has given a number of speeches and presentations regarding this issue on earnings calls held by Syngenta ...
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Will participating in this GMO corn lawsuit against Syngenta interrupt either my planting season or my harvest season?

In the United States, corn is planted primarily beginning in April and finishing in early June, while it is harvested primarily beginning in mid October and finishing in late November Town hall meetings with farmers, ...
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What is the size and scope of this GMO corn lawsuit against Syngenta?

As of April, 2015, more than 7,000 lawsuits relating to the drop in corn prices have been filed against Syngenta Some of the largest law firms in the United States are involved on both sides ...
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What specifically happened in Syngenta’s GMO corn lawsuit against Bunge North America?

Syngenta promised the federal government it would ensure its MIR 162 GMO corn seed, still not approved by all our major export partners, would not be mixed in with other approved corn grains Despite this ...
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How do I stay informed of what is going on with my GMO corn lawsuit against Syngenta?

Rule 1.03 of The Lawyer Rules requires a lawyer to keep his or her client reasonably informed about the status of the matter To meet this rule, we send each of our clients a welcome ...
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Why are most GMO corn lawsuits against Syngenta being filed in Minnesota state courts, rather than in federal courts?

Cases against Syngenta may be filed in Minnesota state courts because Syngenta’s U.S. base of operations is in Hennepin County, Minnesota Minnesota trials typically occur faster than in federal court. Trial settings are typically within ...
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Can landlords, owners of farmland who lease their land to farmers, file GMO corn lawsuits against Syngenta as well?

Forty-four (44%) of farms in the United States are farmed by persons who do not own the farm, through lease arrangements between landowners and farmers Cash rents have escalated recently to more than $100/acre, yet ...
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What was the financial impact for Syngenta of its GMO corn seed Viptera Agrisure?

Syngenta is a highly profitable multinational corporation with annual sales exceeding $14 billion The crop protection market exceeds $63 billion, and seed sales exceed $40 billion worldwide. From 2012-2014, Syngenta enjoyed several billion dollars a ...
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Class action vs. mass action – what is the difference for my GMO corn lawsuit against Syngenta?

Class Actions May be Initiated by an Out-of-State Lawyer Having Only One Client (or Only Just a Few), who will file Suit on Behalf of Every Corn Farmer in the State – Even Though That ...
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What is the story with Duracade corn, and is it part of the GMO corn lawsuit against Syngenta?

After the corn export crisis in 2013 caused by Syngenta’s GMO trait, Viptera Agrisure, Syngenta has since developed a new GMO corn trait marketed as Duracade Agrisure Leading American corn experts immediately expressed concerns that ...
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Can I still file a GMO corn lawsuit against Syngenta if crop insurance covered part of my loss?

The collateral source rule is a rule of law designed to prevent a tortfeasor who causes a loss from benefiting when a victim had purchased third-party insurance The collateral source rule means farmers may still ...
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What is the most favorable legal precedent that exists from previous GMO lawsuits – like the GMO rice against Bayer?

In the GMO Rice litigation, court decisions created precedent concerning many legal issues; these rulings will be utilized in the GMO Corn lawsuit against Syngenta Most importantly, Judge Catherine Perry ruled that the proposed class ...
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Will my private information provided for this GMO corn lawsuit be kept completely confidential?

Answer: “Yes.” During litigation, personal and financial information is frequently exchanged between litigants. However, there are very specific rules and procedures in place to ensure that such information remains completely confidential Professional Rules of Legal ...
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What favorable legal precedent exists from previous GMO lawsuits like Starlink?

In the StarLink litigation, court decisions acknowledged the duty of a seed supplier not to allow unapproved seeds into the corn supply The Court in StarLink held that Plaintiffs properly pleaded a case that Aventis ...
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Which states produced the greatest amount of corn in 2014?

Over 83 million acres of corn were harvested in the U.S. in 2014, with an average yield of 174.2 bushels per acre, for a total 2014 corn harvest production of almost 14.5 billion bushels While ...
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How did so many farmers hire your law firm to file their GMO corn lawsuit against Syngenta?

Between December 4, 2014 and April 17, 2015, we have conducted hundreds of town hall meetings across the corn belt to inform farmers and to answer their questions concerning their possible rights against Syngenta We ...
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How does China’s eventual approval of MIR 162 on December 16, 2014, affect these GMO corn lawsuits against Syngenta?

In March, 2010, Syngenta applied for Chinese approval of its GMO corn seed, MIR 162 Syngenta failed to obtain Chinese approval; the subsequent appearance of MIR 162 in U.S. corn exports resulted first in the ...
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How will the economic loss rule affect GMO corn lawsuits against Syngenta?

Syngenta suits brought for damage to the product itself, or when there is a contract between the farmer and Syngenta may be subject to various states’ economic loss rule However, the vast majority of Plaintiffs ...
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Why is Syngenta arguing that GMO corn lawsuits filed in state courts should instead be in federal court?

The Vast Majority of the Cases Filed Thus Far Have Been Filed in the State Courts of Minnesota Syngenta Has Removed These Cases To Federal Court, Arguing that the Federal Common Law of Foreign Relations ...
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What documents will I need to prove my GMO corn lawsuit against Syngenta?

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 ...
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What public figures/trade associations have provided support to the GMO corn lawsuit against Syngenta?

Judge Mark Bennett, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Iowa Presided Over Syngenta’s Lawsuit Against Bunge North Ameri Information gleaned in this lawsuit is critical evidence in the cases being filed against ...
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What questions should you ask lawyers before you hire them to represent you in your GMO corn lawsuit against Syngenta?

What experience do you have in this specific kind of agricultural tort involving genetically-modified crops? How many lawsuits have you personally filed against Syngenta? Will you be the lawyer handling my case from start-to-finish, or ...
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Who has filed GMO corn lawsuits against Syngenta?

Corn exporter Cargill filed the first lawsuit against Syngenta in the country Corn exporters Transcoastal Supply and Archer Daniels Midland Company filed suit shortly thereafter By the end of April in 2015, more than 7,000 ...
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To participate in the GMO corn lawsuit against Syngenta, does it matter whether or not I grew Syngenta’s Viptera or Duracade seed?

Answer: “No.” Syngenta introduced a GMO corn trait, MIR 162, and marketed it as Viptera Agrisure, then later introduced a different GMO trait marketed as Duracade Agrisure During crop years 2013 and 2014, only three ...
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Did Syngenta receive any warnings not to sell its GMO seed to American corn farmers?

Before it ever began marketing its GMO seeds to American corn farmers in 2010, Syngenta promised the U.S. Government it would prevent it from getting mixed in with other corns On August 26, 2011, Syngenta ...
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Is this GMO corn lawsuit against Syngenta an attack on GMO products?

ANSWER: NO! Genetically-modified organisms (“GMOs”) have been engineered over the past several decades, and have made an invaluable contribution to the productivity of the American corn farmer The average productivity of the American corn farmer ...
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When will the GMO corn lawsuits against Syngenta be settled?

U.S. corn farmers still have time to file their cases against Syngenta The proper settlement value of these cases is not likely to be determined before the parties try a series of test cases, or ...
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In the previous lawsuit involving GMO rice, how much did the rice farmers get paid?

In addition to amounts paid for cases tried to jury verdict, the remaining GMO Rice cases filed against Bayer Crop Science Co. settled for a total of $750,000,000 Plaintiffs were paid for their market losses, ...
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Who can participate in the GMO corn suits against Syngenta? – Individuals, trusts, partnerships, corporations?

Individual farmers, who have seen their corn income lost by virtue of the catastrophic drop in corn prices during crop years 2013 and 2014, may participate in this suit. Likewise, landowners whose land they rent ...
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What are the different steps in the GMO corn lawsuit against Syngenta?

Having Hired a Lawyer, A Plaintiff Must Provide Basic Information in Order to Have a Lawsuit Filed. To Ensure Your Lawsuit Has Been Timely Filed, You Will Receive a Copy of the Lawsuit Filed for ...
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How does the previous GMO rice lawsuit against Bayer relate to this GMO corn lawsuit against Syngenta?

Watts Guerra LLP negotiated the first of two Settlement Agreements with Bayer Crop Sciences, which resulted in the settlement in the amount of $750 million of U.S. rice farmers’ claims in the GMO Rice Case ...
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What is the deadline to file my GMO corn lawsuit against Syngenta?

Each state has its own statute of limitations, setting forth deadlines to file suit within a certain time after the Plaintiff knew or should have known he or she has a claim. It is unknown ...
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What does Archer Daniels Midland allege in its GMO corn lawsuit against Syngenta?

ADM alleges that Jurisdiction is Proper in Louisiana because ADM exported corn from its two largest export facilities there ADM details facts concerning the U.S. Corn Export Market and the China Corn Import Market, Syngenta’s ...
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Where are the GMO corn lawsuit cases against Syngenta being consolidated and litigated?

Kansas City (federal court cases) Minnesota (state court cases) The United States has state courts, primarily responsible for lawsuits filed between citizens of the same state, or lawsuits filed by out-of-state plaintiffs against an in-state ...
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Why isn’t it China, rather than Syngenta, that is responsible for the drop in U.S. corn prices?

As a sovereign nation, China may legally prevent import on to its shores of exported genetically-modified corn like MIR 162, with no legal repercussions. Syngenta promised the U.S. Government it would Prevent Unapproved MIR 162 ...
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Did you have to grow Syngenta’s seeds in order to participate in this GMO corn lawsuit?

Answer: “No.” Ninety-seven percent (97%) of the seed grown in the U.S. during crop years 2013 and 2014 was not seed sold by Syngenta Nonetheless, farmers who were not customers of Syngenta saw the price ...
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Is there any financial risk to the farmer who files suit against Syngenta for its actions causing the drop in corn prices?

We will pay all the costs for this litigation, and our farmers owe us nothing for expenses or fees if we are unsuccessful. Our contingency fee arrangement calls for a 60-40 split in the event ...
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Will this lawsuit concerning GMO corn bankrupt Syngenta?

The answer is “No.” Syngenta is a major multi-national corporation with a market capitalization exceeding $32 billion. Syngenta maintains extensive insurance, providing it with financial reimbursement rights for damages it pays to farmers in this ...
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Why is it important that Syngenta pay for its actions that caused the drop in corn prices?

Farmers Lost Billions of Dollars; It is Right That They Should Recover their Losses Filing Suit in Civil Actions is a Constitutionally Guaranteed Right Syngenta Should Not Keep its Profits from Prematurely Marketing MIR 162 ...
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What did Syngenta do to cause the drop in corn prices?

Syngenta Made Promises to the U.S. Government Which it Did Not Keep Syngenta Failed to Timely Implement Stewardship Programs Necessary to Keep MIR 162 corn away from other Approved Corns Syngenta Minimized its Problems Obtaining ...
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Who can join this GMO corn lawsuit against Syngenta?

Corn Producers – Farmers and Landlords Leasing Their Farmland Who Lost Money from the Drop in Corn Prices Non-Producers – Grain Elevators and Corn Exporters Who Lost Money from the Drop in Corn Prices Both ...
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Who is Syngenta, the defendant in these GMO corn lawsuits?

Syngenta is the world’s largest seed supplier Syngenta is based in Basel, Switzerland It has a market capitalization in excess of $32 billion It has three primary U.S. entities Syngenta Produce US, LLC (Delaware) Syngenta ...
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Dennis VanDerGinst on KBUR AM radio talking about Corn Farmer Lawsuit against Syngenta

Click play below to listen to Dennis VanDerGinst being interviewed on KBUR AM radio with Steve Hexom about the Corn Farmer Lawsuit against Syngenta ...
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