What is Syngenta Viptera and Duracade Seed?
Viptera is a genetically-modified corn seed designed to protect corn against common pests, including black cutworms, corn earworms, dingy cutworms and western bean cutworms. It was released in 2009, approved by the USDA in 2010, and first sold to American farmers in 2011. Duracade seeds were released in 2014 and also utilize the same genetic trait, MIR 162. Despite Syngenta’s claims that corn with the MIR 162 trait would be approved, China consistently banned all imports of such corn beginning in November 2013. Corn with the MIR 162 trait was eventually approved for import in December 2014.
Do I need to have planted Syngenta Viptera or Duracade Seed to file a lawsuit?
No, those who planted corn derived from other seeds may have been indirectly affected by China’s ban on Syngenta Viptera and Duracade seeds due to the fact that grains are comingled prior to sale, that cross-pollination may have occurred, and that China banned all shipments of US corn that tested positive for MIR 162. Also, the owners of ancillary agricultural businesses such as grain elevators, exporters and distributors were potentially impacted by Syngenta’s actions.
What is the status of the lawsuits against Syngenta?
Syngenta litigation has been filed in a number of state and federal courts throughout the United States. All of the federal lawsuits have been consolidated into a MDL in the District of Kansas. In 2015, Syngenta asked the federal judge to dismiss the case, but the judge denied that motion. We believe the time is right to file any remaining cases before the matter moves further along in the litigation process and/or statutes of limitation expire.
Do I have to file a lawsuit to recover damages?
The decision of whether or not to file a lawsuit is entirely up to you. However, filing a lawsuit is the only way to ensure that you have an opportunity to recover damages.
Will I have to travel or appear in court?
You most likely will not have to appear in court. In the event that you do, your travel expenses will be initially paid for by the law firm and then will be deducted from the final verdict or settlement.
Will I owe legal fees if the litigation is unsuccessful?
No, our attorneys operate on a contingent fee basis. This means that you will not owe any money for legal fees or expenses unless we are successful in obtaining compensation on your behalf. We assume all of the financial risk in pursuing this matter. In the event we secure a settlement or verdict, legal fees will equal 38% of the settlement amount followed by a reduction for any expenses incurred in preparing your case.
What are the qualifications of your firm?
RPWB is a national plaintiff law firm that represents clients in complex legal disputes throughout the United States. We are based in South Carolina and are experienced in representing farmers and other hard-working Americans. We are currently class counsel for thousands of tobacco farmers in the Southeast who are seeking to liquidate the assets of the Flue-Cured Tobacco Cooperative. We also have successfully represented rice farmers who were negatively impacted by genetically-modified rice seed sold by Bayer. An overview of our firm’s qualifications can be found here.
Who can answer my questions?
Please contact attorney Chris Tuck at 843-727-6500 or 888-293-6883 or by using the form on this page.