Thursday, July 30, 2015 - The multidistrict litigation which has consolidated national Syngenta corn lawsuits has progressed to the point of establishing protocols for common benefit work and expenses and a common benefit fee and expense fund, according to recent court documents.
"The establishment of this particular set of protocols basically provides for the compensation of the plaintiffs‘ counsel providing leadership for essential aspects of the multidistrict litigation, such as serving as Co-Lead Counsel, Executive Committee representatives, Interim Class Counsel, and Liaison Counsel. The protocol establishes how all the plaintiffs‘ counsel will share the burden of this expense. While this particular matter may not seem like an exciting development, to us it signals that Syngenta corn lawsuits are moving forward routinely, as this is an essential part of any complex litigation," explained a representative from the Onder Law Firm.
In other Syngenta lawsuit news, the most recent case to be transferred for coordinated pretrial proceedings came from U.S. District Court in the Western Louisiana district. The case, Miller et al v. Syngenta AG et al**, filed 7/21/15, bring the count of Syngenta corn lawsuits above 1,866, according to court documents. Syngenta corn lawsuits have been filed by farms, grain distributors, and other agricultural entities around the United States that allege they suffered economic injuries stemming from Syngenta‘s release and marketing of Viptera corn seed, according to court documents.
An initial group of 493 Syngenta Viptera lawsuits was consolidated in December of 2014, according to court documents. These and the subsequent cases that have been added to the MDL share common questions of fact, alleging economic losses that resulted from "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. The Viptera corn lawsuits allege that because Syngenta released the genetically modified seed prior to a major export market approving the resulting corn product, the U.S. corn market suffered widespread losses; both farmers who planted the seed in question and those who did not have filed claims as part of the Syngenta lawsuit MDL, according to court documents.
Syngenta corn lawyers for the Onder Law Firm are now accepting inquiries from corn farms and grain elevators, distributors, and exporters who allege they suffered economic losses related to corn or other grain farming, distribution, domestic sales, or export, whether they grew Syngenta 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. American grain entities that have sustained losses are eligible for a free evaluation with a Syngenta corn lawyer for possible inclusion in the national multidistrict litigation, 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.
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 http://www.syngentavipteracornlawsuitcenter.com.
*Syngenta Ag MIR162 Corn Litigation, U.S. District Court of Kansas, MDL No. 2591
**Case Number 3 15-01986