May 11, 2018 begins a 150 day claims period for farmers to take part in the historic $1.5 billion Syngenta settlement. File your claim online at www.cornseedsettlement.com.

We can help you file your claim online! If you are a client of DeWald Deaver, please call us at 308-995-8848, click on the Contact Us link in the top right-hand corner of this page, or email our project manager Faithe at faithe@holdregelaw.com. We can send you step-by-step instructions on how to fill out your claim. Please understand that our call volume is extremely high at this time. We will try to return your phone call within 2 to 3 business days, but you will likely receive a quicker response if you send us an email.

Syngenta ordered to pay $217.7 million to Kansas farmers in GMO corn case

By Nate Raymond A U.S. jury on Friday ordered Syngenta AG (SYNN.S) to pay $217.7 million to more than 7,000 Kansas farmers over its decision to commercialize a genetically modified strain of corn before China approved importing it. The verdict by a federal jury in Kansas City, Kansas, was announced by lawyers for the farmers, who blamed the Swiss company for causing catastrophic damage to them after Chinese officials began refusing U.S. corn shipments in 2013. Their case was the first to go to trial. Thousands of other corn producers and traders also are seeking damages over China's non-approval of the agrochemical giant's corn seeds for importation. Lawyers for the corn producers said in a statement that the verdict was "only the beginning." They have claimed that damages for farmers nationally totaled $5.77 billion, according to court papers. Syngenta said it will appeal the verdict, which included only compensatory damages and no punitive damages. "We are disappointed with today's verdict because it will only serve to deny American farmers access to future technologies even when they are fully approved in the U.S.," Syngenta said in a statement. In 2010, Syngenta began selling in the United States a strain of insect-resistant genetically modified corn called Agrisure Viptera. It started selling a second strain called Agrisure Duracade in 2013. In their lawsuit, the Kansas corn farmers accused Syngenta of negligently commercializing the corn seeds before obtaining export approval in China, a major importer. In 2013, Chinese officials detected Viptera in U.S. corn shipments. The country began rejecting shipments containing millions of metric tons of U.S. corn because they contained the strain, which was unapproved for import, the farmers said. Nearly 90 percent of corn in the United States, the world's top grains producer, is now genetically engineered, according to the U.S. Department ...
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Syngenta Update December 10, 2016: Class Action Certification Granted – Final Deadline to File Individual Claims is at Hand

Sometime in March 2017 will be the final opportunity to file an individual claim with our firm. Watts Guerra will stop taking any new grower clients by the end of March 2017. Your opportunity to have an individual claim with us is ending. While our firm represents over 50,000 growers with individual claims, and other firms represent perhaps 10,000 corn growers with individual claims, there are also some lawyers representing a class action. Our clients who were signed up by June 15, 2016, are automatically excluded from being in a class. You can either have a class claim or an individual claim but not both. Any grower who meets the class definition (grew corn but not a Syngenta seed) will automatically become a member of a class and prevented from having an individual negligence claim like the over 60,000 other corn growers who chose to file an individual claim. The only way to get out of the class is to sign an 'opt-out' form. On November 23, 2016, the Federal Judge overseeing the class action ordered that a notice be sent to corn growers to notify them of the class formation. The order is attached. See Order. The order defines the class and who is a potential member. The order also explains how to get out of the class action by ‘opting out’. On December 7, 2016, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to hear Syngenta’s appeal of the granting of class certification. The ruling is attached. See Order. Thus the class action will proceed and you will receive a notice is you are a potential class member. You will be told in the notice how to ‘opt out’ of the class. If you want to have an individual claim you must opt out of the class by signing ...
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