The Watts Guerra Team of Attorneys Are LEAD COUNSEL
On August 5, 2015, the Honorable Thomas M. Sipkins signed an Order appointing Francisco “Frank” Guerra IV as Co-Lead Counsel for the In Re: Syngenta Litigation, File No. 27-CV-15-3785. Guerra will also serve as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee. The consolidated Minnesota action will coordinate and cooperate with the existing multidistrict litigation, MDL No. 2591, pending before the Honorable John W. Lungstrum in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. Guerra and the selected Syngenta leadership slate have executed a formal Joint Prosecution Agreement with the MDL leadership team.
Over 90% of the Syngenta claims in the nation were filed in state court in Minnesota, and 10% of claims have been filed in federal court in Kansas City, Kansas. The State Court Judge appointed to oversee 90% of the claims in the nation is the Honorable Judge Thomas Sipkins. On August 5, 2015 Judge Sipkins appointed 2 attorneys to serve as co-lead counsel over 90% of the claims in the nation. One attorney is Frank Guerra of Watts Guerra LLP. The other attorney is Lewis A. Remele, Jr. (“Lew”). Watts Guerra LLP hired Lew to serve as local counsel in Minnesota. Lew is one of the top rated lawyers in Minnesota and has decades of experience. Frank and Lew are the co-lead counsel.
The duties assigned to the Watts Guerra lead counsel team include the following tasks: (1) formulate and present the claimants position on substantive and procedural issues; (2) present these positions in written form and argument to Syngenta and the court; (3) organize and supervise plaintiff attorneys; (4) delegate work responsibilities and coordinate plaintiffs lawyers; (5) speak on behalf of plaintiffs at all court conferences and hearings; (6) initiate and conduct all discussions and negotiations with Syngenta’ counsel including settlement; (7) initiate and coordinate discovery including examining witnesses at deposition; (8) consult with and employ the experts for plaintiffs; (9) receive and initiate communications with the court; (10) be the primary contact for all communications between claimants and Syngenta; (11) coordinate the presentation and preparation of all claims; (12) assess plaintiffs counsel for costs of the litigation; (13) consult with plaintiffs executive committee; and (14) such other duties as are necessary.
The order also states any settlement discussions must be made by the co-lead counsel, Frank and Lew. They are also members of the executive committee.
As lead counsel, the Watts Guerra team of Frank and Lew will be actively involved and in charge of all facets of this case. The Judge noted in his order that 92% of the claims have been filed by Watts Guerra LLP and their team of lawyers. You may wish to read the entire order here.
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* This information is provided to supply relevant information concerning the GMO corn lawsuit, and should not be received as legal advice. Legal advice is only given to persons or entities with whom Watts Guerra LLP has established an attorney-client relationship. If you have another lawyer in the GMO Corn lawsuit, you should consult with your own attorney, and rely upon his or her advice, rather than the information contained herein.