Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - Syngenta corn lawsuits are not class action lawsuits, and as such retain their separate status, according to attorneys handling national Syngenta Viptera lawsuits on behalf of farmers throughout the United States. The Onder Law Firm has provided Syngenta corn lawsuit case review to hundreds of farms and other agricultural entities nationwide. The firm is aware of confusion amongst farmers wishing to file Syngenta corn lawsuits regarding the distinction between multidistrict litigation and class actions.
Jim Onder explains, "Farmers are rightfully concerned that their Syngenta lawsuit will be subsumed by a national class action lawsuit, that the circumstances of their case will be lost, and that the ultimate compensation they are awarded will be symbolic rather than meaningful. The individual losses allegedly sustained by farms and grain entities are very substantial; Syngenta corn lawsuits allege the agricultural industry suffered as much as $2.9 billion in losses as a result of Syngenta Viptera corn. Syngenta corn lawsuits are not part of a class action and we would like to assure farmers that their claims will be taken seriously.
"Syngenta lawsuits filed around the nation have been consolidated in U.S. District Court in Kansas through a legal process known as multidistrict litigation (MDL). Unlike a class action, MDL will allow the details of each case to be considered separately. Through federal consolidation, Syngenta lawsuits gain efficiency by completing pretrial proceedings that concern common questions of fact at once. That‘s lawyer-speak to say that the allegations that are common to all of these lawsuits regarding Syngenta‘s release of Viptera corn prior to Chinese approval, and its corresponding ad campaigns directed at farmers, will be considered as a whole, "Onder explains. "In addition to increased efficiency, we believe consolidation can provide a court with a more complete picture of the events and allegations, lending plaintiffs‘ allegations increased strength and credibility against a large multinational corporate entity."
Syngenta corn lawsuits were consolidated in U.S. District Court in Kansas by order of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) in December of 2014, according to court documents. Plaintiffs in 493 actions** share common allegations of economic losses related to "Syngenta‘s decision to commercialize the MIR162 genetically modified corn trait in the absence of Chinese approval to import corn with that trait," according to court documents.
Syngenta corn attorneys for the Onder Law are now accepting inquiries from corn farms and grain elevators, distributors, and exporters who have sustained economic losses related to corn or other grain farming, distribution, domestic sales, or export, whether they grew Viptera corn or not. 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. Agricultural business that have sustained losses related to corn are eligible for a free evaluation with a Syngenta corn lawyer, and may contact the firm through its Syngenta Viptera Corn Lawsuit Center website.
The Onder Law Firm also welcomes Syngenta Viptera inquiries from other law firms, either to handle these inquiries or work as co-counsel.
*In Re: Syngenta Ag MIR162 Corn Litigation, U.S. District Court of Kansas, MDL No. 2591
**According to a JPML case list dated 3/16/15