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GMO corn trial mdl verdict

Syngenta Ordered to Pay $218M in GMO Corn Trial

June 26, 2017
A federal judge in Kansas has awarded a group of corn producers in that state $218M in their Multi-District Litigation (MDL) suit against the massive agricultural corporation Syngenta.

At issue in the case is whether Syngenta rushed to market its genetically modified Viptera corn seed in 2010, deliberately ignoring the issue of Chinese regulatory approval. In November 2013, Chinese agricultural regulators discovered the Viptera seed mixed in with other corn, and refused a massive shipment. The farmers asserted in court that Syngenta is liable for the profits that the farmers lost in the botched trade that, for a time, prevented all U.S. corn from entering China.

After half a day of deliberations, the jury found Syngenta negligent, and instructing to company to pay the farmers nearly $218 in damages.

Syngenta has indicated that it will appeal the decision.

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