Syngenta MDL News
Class Action Cases against Syngenta Consolidated
July 17, 2017
A federal judge in Kansas has partially combined seven individual class action suits against agricultural giant Syngenta into a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) case. All of the suits allege that Syngenta cost the corn industry at least $1 billion when it recklessly promoted genetically modified corn to overseas markets.
The judge ruled that the seven cases shall be consolidated into four MDL cases, rejecting Syngenta’s appeal in the process.
The plaintiffs in all of the suits allege that, in rushing its genetically modified, pest-resistant Viptera corn seed to market Syngenta willfully ignored the need to obtain Chinese regulatory approval. When corn is shipped overseas, multiple seed strains are combined. When China discovered the unapproved seed in a 2013 shipment, the country shut down its market entirely to American corn. Corn producers allege that Syngenta’s actions cost the U.S. corn industry at least $1 billion in lost revenue.
In June 2017, a federal jury in Kansas awarded $218 million for this same reason in a class action suit filed by a group of farmers against Syngenta.
The four cases will come to trial in January, April, May, and October of 2018.
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