The Julian C. Gomez Law Firm, PLLC

The Julian C. Gomez Law Firm, PLLC

The Julian C. Gomez Law Firm, PLLC handles automotive, pharmaceutical, and other product centered and negligence cases.

GMO Corn Litigation

What you ought to know about Syngenta MIR 162 (even if you did not use it).

You may have been wronged and might not even know it. The Swiss-based agribusiness behemoth Syngenta developed and sold corn seed with the MIR 162 corn trait under a variety of trade names. MIR 162 was supposedly developed to protect against insect damage, optimize water, and to be herbicide tolerant. The problem is that Syngenta did not secure approval to sell corn with the MIR 162 trait from major export markets like China. When U.S. farmers tried to sell their corn to China, China rejected it. And as you know, basic principles of supply and demand took over—the demand curve shifted in, and the price of corn—all corn, not just corn with the MIR 162 trait—dropped.

The National Grain and Feed Association estimated that economic losses up to $2.9 Billion are attributable to Syngenta’s failure to secure approval to export MIR 162 corn to China.[1] Because of these substantial economic losses, farmers from across the country have sued Syngenta. In fact, Cargill, a huge GMO supporter, has even sued Syngenta because of MIR 162 and China’s rejection.[2] And in similar litigation, Germany-based Bayer settled claims with U.S. rice farmers when its LibertyLink seed contaminated U.S. rice fields and the European Union, Russia, and Japan stopped or slowed purchases of U.S. rice.[3] So if you grew corn, with or without the MIR 162 trait, you may have a claim against Syngenta.

If you, a family member, or someone you know grew corn in 2013 or 2014, you may have a claim against Syngenta. You do not have to have planted MIR 162 corn to have a claim. That bears repeating—you do not have to have planted MIR 162 corn to have a claim against Syngenta. As you know, since corn is a commodity, the price of corn (whether it was MIR 162 corn or not) dropped for everyone. So if you, a family member, or someone you know grew corn in 2013 or 2014, I would like to investigate your case and potentially represent you in a lawsuit against Syngenta.

 

[1] National Grain and Feed Association estimates up to $2.9 Billion loss to U.S. Corn, http://www.ngfa.org/2014/04/21/ngfa-estimates-up-to-2-9-billion-loss-to-u-s-corn-soy-in-aftermath-of-trade-disruption-with-china-over-detection-of-unapproved-syngenta-agrisure-viptera-mir-162-corn-2/.

[2] Cargill Sues Syngenta Over Corn Trait, http://www.agriculture.com/news/crops/cargill-sues-syngenta-over-cn-trait_2-ar45123.

[3] Bayer Will Pay $750 Million to Settle Gene-Modified Rice Suits, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2011-07-01/bayer-to-pay-750-million-to-end-lawsuits-over-genetically-modified-rice