Syngenta Suit Could Become Class Action
Hundreds of lawsuits against seed company Syngenta could evolve into a major class action and involve almost every corn farmer in the country.
In 2013, China rejected some American imports because they contained corn grown from a seed with a genetically engineered Syngenta trait. The trait was approved for sale in the United States, but China’s regulators had not yet approved it.
China is a huge market for US corn. Lawyers have filed many cases on behalf of farmers seeking compensation from Syngenta for lost sales.
Many of those lawyers are asking the court to combine the cases into a class action, which could include “virtually every corn farmer in America,” according to court documents.
Syngenta denies any wrongdoing and in a statement said the lawsuits have no merit because the seed was approved for sale here