Syngenta corn lawsuits are being considered for possible consolidation in a U.S. District Court by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML).
The lawsuits over Syngenta Viptera are on the schedule for oral arguments at the December hearing of the JPML in Charleston, South Carolina.
According to court documents, plaintiffs advocating for Syngenta corn lawsuit multidistrict litigation allege that “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.”
The suit says that, by promoting Viptera and Agrisure Durcade corn to farmers even though the genetically modified seeds had not been accepted for import by China, Syngenta is responsible for the collapse of the American corn market. The lawsuits allege that all corn farmers, not just those who planted Viptera seed, have sustained economic damages due to intermingling of the corn supply and the rejection of U.S. corn by China.
Plaintiffs advocating for consolidation of the lawsuits suggest the U.S. District Court of Northern Illinois as the best location for the multidistrict litigation. Syngenta agrees the lawsuits should be consolidated, but instead suggests the U.S. District Court in Minnesota as the location.
Syngenta Corn Lawsuits to Be Considered for Multidistrict Litigation…