Category Archives: Syngenta Litigation

May 26, 2017 Weekly Round Up

Hello from lovely Lubbock, Texas!  I’m here for the always fantastic Texas State Bar Agricultural Law CLE for attorneys.  A huge thanks to course directors, Trace Blair and David Waggoner, for all of their hard work to make this such a great conference.  As always, I’ve enjoyed great presentations, visited with old friends, and even drummed up some new topics for the blog and guests for upcoming podcasts.  Stay tuned for that! Here are some ag law stories in the news this week. *  Federal court finds FAA… Read More →

Syngenta Corn Litigation Update

There has been quite a bit of action recently in the litigation involving the Syngenta Viptera and Duracade corn.  Here is a quick update on where things stand at this point. Factual Background In 2010, Syngenta released these seed varieties, which were approved in the United States, but not in China.  In 2013, US corn shipments arrived in China and were rejected due to the presence of the MIR-162 trait found in Viptera and Duracade.  Shortly thereafter, US corn prices fell.  Farmers who did not plant the seeds have… Read More →

Syngenta Corn Litigation Webinar

A month or so ago, my friend and colleague Drew Kershen, along with Thomas Reddick, presented a webinar discussing the Syngenta corn litigation.  [To view and listen to webinar, click here.] The webinar offered a variety of interesting information related to this case, the underlying legal issues, and policy implications that a verdict may have.  First, Drew sets forth the facts and outcomes of two prior cases that are somewhat similar to the Syngenta case: the Starlink corn case and the Liberty Link rice case.  Next, the webinar… Read More →

Syngenta Corn Class Action Litigation Update

Disclaimer:  Neither the author, nor Texas A&M Agrilife Extension take any position on the likelihood of success of any of the claims asserted against Syngenta or on whether producers should remain in the class action lawsuit opt out.  This blog post is for informational purposes only. We have previously discussed the pending lawsuits filed by corn producers against Syngenta related to Viptera and Duracade corn seed.  There are been numerous developments in the case over the last several months, so I thought an update might be helpful. Background In… Read More →

Court Certifies 9 Classes in Syngenta Litigation

Class action status has been granted to corn farmers who filed suit against Syngenta after China rejected 2013 corn shipments containing Viptera and Duracade corn, a Syngenta product approved for use in the US but not for export to China.  The first step in the case was for the court to determine whether the farmers could proceed as a class action.  Judge Lungstrum says they can.  [View order here.] Background You may recall that in 2014, corn farmers and various agribusinesses from across the United States filed suit against Syngenta, alleging… Read More →