Agrisure Viptera and Duracade Corn Lawsuits

Agrisure Viptera and Duracade Corn Lawsuit Information

Farms and Other Agricultural Businesses Face Huge Losses Due to Agrisure Viptera and Duracade GMO Corn from Syngenta - Syngenta Lawsuits Filed to Recoup Losses

October 24, 2014 - In recent weeks there have been a number of lawsuits filed against Syngenta over the Agrisure Viptera corn product line. Agrisure Viptera corn carries the GMO MIR 162 trait, making it more resilient to pests, but also rendering it unusable for export to China. The Agrisure Viptera corn lawsuits filed thus far have alleged that Syngenta engaged in a marketing campaign that willfully misled farmers regarding the worldwide approval of the MIR 162 trait found in Viptera corn, including the "Plant with Confidence" advertising brochure that claimed China is an insignificant importer of US corn. China began refusing shiploads of corn where the MIR 162 trait was present in November of 2013.

Major Agribusinesses File Viptera Corn Lawsuits Against Syngenta

Agrisure Viptera CornThe uncertainty in the world market has caused corn prices to fall. The National Grain and Feed Association estimated in April 2014 that the total losses for growers, grain handlers and exporters could be up to $3.4 billion for the 2014 - 2015 marketing year. On September 12, 2014, Cargill become the second major agribusiness to file a lawsuit against Syngenta over Viptera corn and China's refusal to accept corn with the MIR 162 trait. Cargill's Viptera corn lawsuit alleges that Syngenta exposed Cargill to more than $90 million in losses by selling Viptera corn seed without first gaining approval from China. Cargill has had container ships of grain rejected by China.

Trans Coastal Supply Co., an exporter of livestock feed and agricultural commodities, filed suit against Syngenta because the company expects to love more than $41 million because of China's refusal to accept shipments tainted with corn bearing the MIR 162 trait, according to court documents.

Bunge North America, which buys, stores and then either exports or resells to domestic buyers, refused to purchase Viptera GMO corn from farmers beginning in 2011 and was subsequently sued by Syngenta. Bunge's reason for not purchasing corn grown from Agrisure Viptera seeds was China's refusal to allow corn grown from GMO seed without approved traits into the country. The lawsuit against Bunge was dismissed in 2012, although an appeals court recently concluded that one of Syngenta's claims, that Bunge made false statements about Viptera, can be litigated and was returned to the lower court.

Losses to Farmers Over Agrisure Viptera and Duracade Corn Still Unknown

Syngenta Agrisure Viptera and Duracade CornMany of the estimates for the total losses have been based upon the assumption that China would approve the MIR 162 train by August 31, 2014, which did not happen. Instead, China announced that it was ending its own governmental program for developing GMO corn and rice in August 2014 which has caused many to believe that approval of Viptera and Duracade corn will not happen at all.

Estimates of losses for US farmers estimated at no less than $1 billion for the 2013 - 2014 marketing year and the potential for additional losses of as much as $3.4 billion for the 2014 - 2015 marketing year. However, there are additional fears that trace elements of the MIR 162 strain will be found in other crop shipments, such as soybeans, and lead to even greater amounts of US grain being turned around from Chinese docks.

Holding Syngenta Accountable for Viptera and Duracade CornLosses to American Farmers Agrisure Corn Lawyers

Syngenta had revenues of $14.7 billion in 2013, with $3.2 billion in seed sales alone, of which Viptera made up roughly one quarter. This Swiss company is a global powerhouse that does business in 90 countries and has more than 28,000 employees. It did $3.8 billion in North American sales in 2013 and has 4,654 employees in North America alone. To think that non one among the 28,000 plus company employees didn't think this was a huge problem or that not one person in the 4,654 employees here in North America thought to warn American farmers about potential problems with Viptera and Duracade simply is not plausible. Instead of warning American farmers, Syngenta had is marketing people working on slogans like "Plant with Confidence" and making brochures minimizing China's role in purchasing US corn. Syngenta should - and will - be held accountable.

Midwestern Lawyers Offer Legal Support for Agrisure Viptera and Duracade Corn Lawsuits

There have been class action lawsuits filed against Syngenta over Viptera and Duracade corn in three states so far, all by a Washington, D.C. law firm. Major Midwestern law firms with proven track records against billion dollar international conglomerates are now investigating claims against Sygnenta by farmers and related agricultural businesses over Syngenta's Viptera and Duracade corn strains. The Onder Law Firm is offering free, no-obligation attorney consultation to those who feel they have incurred losses as a result of their involvement in corn production, processing, transportation, storage and exportation. Businesses that have had an inability to sell Viptera or Duracade corn, suffered a significant reduction in price of corn sales or had increases in costs to fulfill or break corn fulfillment contracts because of problems with Agrisure or Viptera corn may have strong claims. As Bunge and Cargill have their day in court with Syngenta, American farmers shouldn't be left to fend for themselves.

Attorneys Handling Syngenta Corn Lawsuits Nationally Offer Free Case Review

Agrisure Viptera Corn LawyersThe Onder Law Firm handles serious and complex litigation across the country against multinational conglomerates. Its mission is the pursuit of justice, no matter how difficult the case or strenuous the effort. Onder, Shelton, O'Leary & Peterson has represented clients throughout the United States, and other firms throughout the nation often seek its experience and expertise on complex litigation. The Onder Law Firm is a recognized leader in multi-district litigation such as products liability and failure to warn cases. The Onder Law Firm represents cases such as Viptera and Duracade corn lawsuits on a contingency basis.