Syngenta Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides crop protection products, lawn and garden products, and seeds for retailers and growers in the United States and internationally. The company’s crop protection products include seed care products, fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides; lawn and garden products comprise disease, insect, weed control, pest management, and shelf-life management products, as well as turf grass growth regulators, and seeds and cuttings for pot and bedding plants; and seeds include corn and soybeans, sugarbeets, alfalfa, sunflowers, and vegetables seeds. It also provides agronomic traits research services for corn and soybean crops and focuses on yield im...
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United States Corn Farmers Files Several Class Action Lawsuits Against Syngenta Corporation
Oct 3 14
United States corn farmers have filed several class action lawsuits against Syngenta Corporation in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska federal courts. The lawsuits have been coordinated by Hausfeld LLP along with several other co-counsel, including Grant & Eisenhofer, P.A. The lawsuits allege that U.S. corn farmers have been damaged by Syngenta's premature release of genetically-engineered MIR 162 corn seed into the U.S. market before the seed received import approval from China. As of November 2013, China has stopped importing U.S. corn when it detects traces of MIR162 in U.S. corn shipments. China has given no indication of when, or if, it will approve Syngenta's genetically engineered seed to allow these imports to continue. The lawsuits allege that Syngenta's decision to continue marketing MIR162 corn in the United States -- despite the lack of import approval from China -- has caused U.S. corn to be effectively excluded from China and domestic corn prices to be detrimentally impacted as a result. China previously served as the third-largest export market for U.S. corn. The complaints further allege that Syngenta has attempted to downplay and misrepresent the significance of the export market for corn on U.S. corn prices, China's key role in the U.S. export market, and the timing of Chinese approval of MIR162 -- with the intention of encouraging farmers to continue to buy and plant its MIR162 corn while knowing it would contaminate and impact the export market. The lawsuit further contends that Syngenta repeatedly suggested that China's approval of MIR162 would happen imminently, when, in fact, Syngenta officials knew that China was no closer to approving MIR162. The complaints have been brought on behalf of a nationwide class of corn farmers who grew, harvested, and sold non-MIR162 corn on a commercial basis from November 2013 to the present, as well as on behalf of corn farmers in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska.