More than 100 commercial corn growers, harvesters, and sellers have taken legal action against the agribusiness giant Syngenta Seeds, Inc., for prematurely selling their genetically modified corn that had not been approved for import by China, causing a dramatic drop in market prices and significant financial losses for American corn growers.
The United States is the largest producer of corn in the world. Pennsylvania is one of the top producers of corn in the country. We are #8 in the country by number of farms, and #14 by number of bushels harvested. (USDA Census data in 2012). The experienced attorneys at Munley Law are proud to represent Pennsylvanian corn growers in GMO lawsuits.
What is a GMO?
Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, in food products have been a subject of controversy for years now. Currently, the vast majority of U.S. crops are genetically modified. Genetic engineering is used to alter certain organisms’ genetic codes for a specific purpose, creating plants that would not otherwise occur naturally. They can make plants grow bigger, or be less susceptible to pests or disease. But, there is also growing concern about the effect these genetic modifications can have on existing ecosystems and on consumers. Those concerned have raised the issue that GMO products ought to be labeled as such, so that consumers may choose whether they want to buy them or not. At this time, the only way consumers can be sure that their food products do not contain GMOs is if the product is marked “USDA Organic.”
Corn Growers’ Lawsuits Against Syngenta
In 2009, Syngenta released a genetically modified corn seed called Agrisure Viptera, which was approved for use in the U.S., but had not yet been approved by several foreign countries. Despite its lack of approval, Syngenta sold the Agrisure Viptera seeds to hundreds of American farmers, and the seeds were thus mixed into America’s corn crop. In 2013, China, the world’s third largest consumer of American corn, began rejecting shipments of U.S. corn when they detected traces of Agrisure Viptera. By 2014, more than one million tons of corn from the U.S. were rejected or destroyed.
As a result, corn prices fell dramatically, and the financial burden fell not on Syngenta, but on American farmers and exporters.
Farmers and businesses from several states affected by Syngenta’s actions have filed suit against the company for negligence. Plaintiffs claim that Syngenta prematurely sold them a product that was not yet approved, and disregarded the potential impact on the global market.
Who Can File a GMO Corn Lawsuit Against Syngenta?
Farmers, grain handlers, shippers, exporters, and manufacturers in the corn industry who have suffered financially due to Syngenta’s negligence may be eligible for compensation for their financial losses.
If you are among the corn farmers, shippers, exporters, manufacturers who have been affected by Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera crop and the resulting drop in corn prices, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your financial losses. You may be eligible if you:
- Are a Pennsylvania corn farmer
- Have purchased Agrisure Viptera seeds from Syngenta
- Have suffered lost income due to the drastic drop in U.S corn prices
Other farmers who did not purchase Agrisure Viptera may also be compensated, as their crops may have been cross-pollinated or otherwise contaminated by the modified seeds. Syngenta’s actions affected corn growers everywhere, so even if you did not purchase Syngenta’s seeds, you may still be eligible for compensation for your losses.
Contact Munley Law at 855-866-5529 for a free evaluation of your case.
Why You Should Choose Munley Law
Over the last 50 years, the expert personal injury lawyers at Munley Law have achieved a record of success representing individuals and families in lawsuits against big companies. We have won millions of dollars on behalf of our clients and have consistently been named among the Best Lawyers in America and as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. Our attorneys work as a team on many of our large cases in order to give you the benefit of having multiple lawyers representing you. We have the experience, the resources, and the skills to achieve the best possible result for you. If you think you may have a case, call us at 855-866-5529 for a free consultation.