Syngenta Lawsuit Against Grain Handlers Dismissed (VIDEO)

April 11, 2016 11:00 AM

The federal judge overseeing the Syngenta Viptera lawsuits recently dismissed the seed company's lawsuits against exporters that handled shipments of the genetically modified corn variety.

U.S. District Court Judge John Lungstrum  on Monday dismissed Syngenta’s recent counterclaim against ADM, Cargill and Rail Transfer Inc.  Syngenta’s claim asserted the grain handlers were also at fault for allowing MIR 162 corn ( known as Agrisure Viptera) to enter Chinese markets prior to trait approval by China.

The judge concluded federal regulations already govern handling and inspection of U.S. grain. “It is, therefore, ordered by the court that the motion to dismiss defendants’ (Syngenta) counterclaims and third-party complaints filed by ADM, Cargill and Rain Transfer.”

Farmer lawsuits against Syngenta will continue.

“Syngenta will continue to defend itself in the Viptera China lawsuits in order to protect the right of American farmers to have access to safe, effective, U.S.-approved technologies like Agrisure Viptera,” says Paul Minehart, head of corporate communications at Syngenta.

Farmers suing Syngenta are seeking damages for financial losses they claim they suffered when the company marketed Viptera prior to Chinese approval. These plaintiffs contend the 131 million bu. rejection interrupted trade and lowered commodity prices, costing an estimated $3 billion according to the National Grain and Feed Association.

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Do you think grain handlers bear any responsibility for Viptera being shipped to--and rejected by--China? Let us know in the comments. 

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Holloway, MN
4/8/2016 10:53 AM

  Syngenta knew the rules and chose to ignore them. What if everyone behaved this way?

Bellingham, MN
4/9/2016 10:51 AM

  Grain approved for sale and use in USA. Shippers dropped the ball with contract wording. They new the score. They became confident when China accepted grai the prior years with mir 162 is shipments. China approval process is very suspect and not transparent.

Quincy, IL
4/14/2016 06:15 AM

  Ridiculous! That would be akin to shooting the messenger. Sounds like an admission of guilt by Syngenta. How ironic is that the country that rejected the product is now buying the company?!