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Are you a corn farmer who has been impacted by the rejection of Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera™ MIR 162 corn and DDGS shipments to China? Have depressed corn and DDGS prices hurt your bottom line? If so, you may have legal rights to hold Syngenta responsible through corn farmers lawsuits for depressing the market prices for corn and DDGS by marketing the generically-modified corn seed without having approval for import into China
Farmers who did not plant Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera MIR 162 corn, but who suffered financial injury due to depressed market prices caused by the rejection of MIR 162 corn shipments by China, may have the ability to hold the biotech company accountable for those losses. A corn farmers’ lawyer may be able to help.
Corn farmers are filing lawsuits that allege Syngenta’s release of Agrisure Viptera® prior to Chinese approval for import and its statements implying that approval was imminent misled corn farmers to believe that approval from China would occur, and therefore, import of Agrisure Viptera® corn would be permitted by Chinese officials.
In 2009-2010, Syngenta released a genetically modified corn seed, Agrisure Viptera®into the U.S. market. Viptera® contains a genetic trait referred to as MIR 162 that was not approved for import by China then and still has not yet received approval.
Syngenta also did not instruct farmers who purchased Agrisure Viptera® corn to plant it in a manner that would prevent it from cross pollinating with other types of corn. Because of Syngenta’s failure to control how Viptera® corn was planted, the Viptera®corn trait cross pollinated with fields of non-Viptera® corn and introduced MIR 162 into the U.S. general corn supply.
Starting in November 2013, shipments of corn containing MIR 162 arrived in China and were subsequently rejected by Chinese officials. Since this initial rejection, China has continued to reject shipments of U.S. corn due to MIR 162 contamination.
The introduction of the MIR 162 genetic trait into the U.S. corn supply has led to the destruction of corn and DDGS exports to China.
The consumer protection attorneys at Simmons Hanly Conroy are filing corn farmers lawsuits that seek to remedy the situation for farmers who did not grow Viptera® or Duracade™ corn. The lawsuit alleges the Viptera-contaminated corn caused U.S. corn prices to plummet, thereby harming farmers who did not purchase Viptera® corn. The lawsuit aims to help corn farmers get what should have been the fair market price for corn had Viptera® corn not been released.Farmers who did not plant genetically-modified corn but suffered financial injury through the release of Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera® MIR 162 corn might be able to hold the biotech company accountable for their losses.The corn farmers lawyers at Simmons Hanly Conroy are filing lawsuits on behalf of U.S. corn farmers who had their crops contaminated by Viptera® and Duracade™.
To learn more about how corn farmers may be able to hold Syngenta accountable for depressing the U.S. corn and DDGS markets, Contact Us today for a free consultation. Fill out the form or call 855-264-6270.