Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - Syngenta Viptera attorneys handling cases nationwide provide a news update on the multidistrict litigation underway in Kansas. According to legal documents from the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, two actions originating from U.S. District Court in Texas‘ Southern District have been transferred to Kansas for consolidated pretrial proceedings.*
The Syngenta lawsuit multidistrict litigation (MDL) was initiated in 2014 to increase court efficiency in the handling of common questions of fact regarding Syngenta‘s Viptera GMO corn seed, according to court documents.** The actions, which now number 1477, "involve alleged injuries arising from Syngenta‘s commercialization of MIR162 corn", according to court documents.
Attorneys handling Syngenta corn lawsuits involved in the MDL are still accepting new claims for inclusion in consolidated pretrial proceedings. According to Jim Onder of the Onder Law Firm, "There is a certain period during which new claims are accepted for transfer and consolidation, while the initial pretrial work is moving forward. MDL allows for an expedited processing of lawsuits that make similar allegations." In this case, agricultural entities such as farms, grain handlers, distributors, and exporters who believe they suffered economic losses as a result of the presence of Viptera corn on the market are seeking damages from the multinational seed developed Syngenta, according to court documents. The pending actions assert that by promoting Viptera corn when the product had not yet been approved for import by China, Syngenta willfully misled farmers and damaged the U.S. corn industry, according to court documents. Agricultural companies that grew or sold Syngenta Viptera corn seed are among those filing suit, as are other companies that did not have direct dealing with Viptera seed but claim they sustained related damages when the overall market suffered, according to court documents.
Attorneys handling national Syngenta corn lawsuits for the Onder Law Firm are still accepting inquiries from agricultural entities who have sustained economic losses related to corn farming, distribution, domestic sales, or export they allege are connected to Viptera corn seed. Syngenta Viptera lawyers are investigating these inquiries for possible Viptera corn lawsuits. The Onder Law Firm is a recognized leader in multi-district litigation and complex cases such as products liability and failure to warn cases. The firm is nationally-renowned for its work on window blind strangulation, and has notable expertise in fighting on behalf of individuals against powerful corporations. Farms and other grain companies that have sustained losses related to corn are eligible for a free evaluation with a Syngenta attorney, and may contact the firm through its Syngenta Viptera Corn Lawsuit Center website.
The Onder Law Firm also welcomes Syngenta corn lawsuit inquiries from other law firms, either to handle these inquiries or work as co-counsel.
About The Onder Law Firm
Onder, Shelton, O‘Leary & Peterson, LLC is a St. Louis based personal injury law firm handling serious injury and death claims across the country. Its mission is the pursuit of justice, no matter how complex 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. It is a recognized leader in products liability cases such as window blind cord strangulation and pharmaceutical litigation. The Onder Law Firm‘s Syngenta Viptera corn lawyers provide information to the public at www.syngentavipteracornlawsuitcenter.com.
*Lutringer v. Syngenta Corp., et al., C.A. No. 4:14-03664 and Kalina, et al. v. Syngenta Corp., et al., C.A. No. 4:14-03666 - Both filed in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas
**Syngenta MIR 162 Corn Litigation, MDL No. 2591, U.S. District Court, District of Kansas