Category Archives: Syngenta Litigation

June 30, 2017 Weekly Round Up

This week I spoke to a great group in Sweetwater about leases and estate planning.  Welcome to those of you joining from that meeting! There has been so much ag law news happening in the last couple of weeks that my head is still spinning.  Here are the highlights. * Jury verdict for Kansas farmers in first Syngenta Viptera/Duracade class action trial.  A Kansas jury awarded nearly $218 million to Kansas farmers in this much-watched class action suit, finding that Syngenta was negligent.  Syngenta has already said it plans… Read More →

Breaking News: Jury Awards $217 Million to KS Corn Farmers in Syngenta Class Action

Big news came out of Kansas this morning with regards to the class action lawsuit pitting Kansas corn farmers against Syngenta.  A jury has awarded $217 million to a class of Kansas corn farmers.   Background We have discussed the factual background of the case in far more detail on prior blog posts (click here), but the basic facts are set forth below.  In 2010, Syngenta released Viptera and Duracade seed varieties, which were approved to be grown in the United States, but were not approved for export to… Read More →

June 16, 2017 Weekly Round Up

How is it already the middle of June?  Time flies when you are having fun, I suppose!  I’ve been on the road as usual and have made stops for programs in Lufkin, Goldthwaite, and Denton over the last couple of weeks.  It was great getting the chance to meet some new folks in person and I’d like to welcome all new readers to the blog. Here are some ag law stories in the news recently. * First Syngenta class action trial begins in Kansas City.  The first class… Read More →

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 →