Indiana and Illinois GMO Corn Lawsuits

China’s rejection of Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera® GMO corn in 2014 caused the U.S. corn industry to suffer billions of dollars in damages. Many Indiana and Illinois corn farmers, transporters, and exporters are pursuing legal action to recover their financial losses, regardless of what kind of corn they work with.

Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin wants to help if your business was impacted by China’s ban on Syngenta GMO corn. If you produce, transport, store, or trade corn—or are otherwise involved in the U.S. corn industry—you may be able to recover compensation. Contact us toll-free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (800) 477-7315 or use our online form to get a free consultation. It only takes a few minutes to contact us, and we’ll get to work immediately to find out if you have a case. There’s no obligation, and thanks to our No Fee Guarantee®, we only charge for our attorneys’ services if you win or settle your claim.

Syngenta Agrisure Viptera® MR162 Corn Ban

Syngenta began selling its Agrisure Viptera® MR162 corn seed to American farmers in 2011, before it was approved for export to China—one of the largest markets for U.S. corn exports. Many farmers feel that Syngeta’s marketing misrepresented Viptera’s approval status. When China rejected imports of corn containing any trace of the Viptera MR162 trait, U.S. corn prices dropped significantly. This not only affected farmers who grew Viptera corn, but also parties that grew, produced, transported, or traded any type of corn in Indiana, Illinois, and throughout the United States.

GMO Corn Contamination

The Wall Street Journal reports that, according to the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA), it is nearly impossible to prevent genetically modified corn traits from spreading to non-GMO corn. Wind, animals, and insects can transport pollen, and cross-contamination can occur during transportation or storage.

After the Chinese ban on Viptera, the genetically modified product was detected in many U.S. corn shipments—even those from farmers and businesses that didn’t intentionally work with Viptera corn. U.S. corn was essentially shut out of the Chinese market and corn prices dropped across the country.

Financial Damages Caused by GMO Corn

Viptera GMO cross-contamination and the loss of the Chinese market for corn have impacted nearly every level of the Indiana and Illinois corn and grain industries. The ban is responsible for decreasing exports of corn to China to by 85%. This caused a variety of issues that affected American corn producers, suppliers, distributors, traders, and more, including:

  • Deferred shipments
  • Delayed shipments
  • Delays in vessel discharge
  • Depressed prices
  • Product inspection and testing delays
  • Product surplus
  • Rejected cargoes

The NFGA estimates these disruptions led to more than a billion dollars in lost corn sales in 2013-2014 and as much as $2.9 billion in losses for the entire U.S. grain industry.

Who Can Sue for GMO Corn Losses?

The effects of the ban were felt throughout the U.S. corn industry. Parties who may be eligible to file suit against Syngenta include:

  • Corn farmers
  • Owners of land where corn is farmed
  • Grain elevator owners and operators
  • Corn distributors
  • Transporters of corn (including trucking companies, truck drivers, railroads, and more)
  • Exporters of corn
  • Other individuals and businesses affected by U.S. corn prices

Let us stand up for your rights if you suffered financial losses due to Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera® MR162 corn seed. We have the resources to hold large corporations accountable when they hurt Indiana and Illinois corn farmers. Don’t stand by and let a billion dollar multinational corporation harm your business or your future. We’ll fight to help you get the compensation you’re owed. Call us or contact our law firm online to get a free initial consultation any time of day or night.

Agrisure Viptera® is a registered trademark of Syngenta Participations AG Corporation, and is used here only for the purpose of identifying the product in question. This law firm is not affiliated with, sponsored by, or associated with Syngenta Participations AG Corporation, The Wall Street Journal, or the National Grain and Feed Association