Gray Ritter Graham has filed two class action lawsuits on behalf of U.S. corn farmers in 10 states against Syngenta over its genetically modified strains of corn, Agrisure Viptera and Agrisure Duracade. China, a major market for U.S. corn, stopped accepting shipments after the genetic trait MIR162 was found, causing the price of U.S. corn to plummet. The lawsuits allege the company marketed the genetically modified corn fully aware of the potential economic damages to U.S. corn growers.
The case appears similar to legal action brought against Bayer Cropscience on behalf of U.S. rice farmers after a strain of Bayer’s genetically modified rice was found in their rice supplies. Like China, the European Union stopped accepting shipments of the U.S. grain, causing the bottom to fall out of the rice market. Don Downing was co-lead counsel on behalf of the rice farmers in that action, which settled for $750 million. Gray Ritter Graham is joined in the corn litigation by two other leading firms in the Bayer action: Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C. and Hare Winn Newell & Newton. The class action lawsuits are on behalf of U.S. corn farmers in Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Louisiana, Nebraska, Alabama, and South Dakota who did not grow Viptera or Duracade.
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