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US Corn Farmers Cite Lost Income in GMO Corn Lawsuits

By | Class Action, GMO, Uncategorized

gmocornseedlawsuitThe estimates vary, but corn industry participants say that somewhere between $1 ‒ $3 billion is the total loss handed to the US corn industry after China’s rejection of a specific GMO corn product.

Corn industry participants, including US corn farmers, felt the financial impact of the trade disruption with China, and are stepping forward. They’re filing GMO corn seed lawsuits targeting Syngenta, a Swiss biotechnology giant.

Thousands of lawsuits

According to The Free Press, a Mankato, MN news outlet, there are around 2,000 GMO corn lawsuits pending in the US as of early November 2015. Carey Danis & Lowe GMO corn lawyers reviewed the lawsuit docket in late November 2015, and noted that the number has since risen to just under 2,500.

Farmers are Shunning GMO Crops

By | Consumer protection, GMO, Uncategorized

gmo_corn_class_action_lawsuitAs worrisome concerns increase about consuming and using genetically modified organisms (GMOs), farmers are turning to non-GMO seeds. There are several reasons for this transformation, most of which directly hit the farmer’s wallet.

  • When a GMO crop is planted next to a non-GMO crop, there’s a chance that the companion GMO herbicide will inadvertently hit the traditional crop. The accidental spray renders the harvest unable to be sold as a “traditional” or organic crop.
  • Corn and soybeans are usually fertilized through pollen in the air. When both kinds of crops are in the same vicinity, it’s next to impossible to prevent cross pollination. Once the non-GMO crop is contaminated with the genetically modified one, it can’t be sold as non-GMO. This creates hardships for the farmer because GMO grains go for a lower price in the market place.
  • Finally, famers have been noticing that newly resistant weeds are growing in the fields with GMO plants treated with partner herbicides. If the seed\chemical combination isn’t’ working, it doesn’t make sense to pay more for the GMO seeds.

Selling crops at a lower price than expected, or having crops rejected for containing genetically-modified material significantly impacts farmers’ livelihood.

Carey Danis & Lowe Represents U.S. Corn Growers

If you’ve lost income from cross contamination or cross pollination, our professional corn attorneys can help. Explore your legal options and compensation eligibility with one of our lawyers today.

Carey Danis & Lowe offers free, no-obligation legal reviews.

Share your GMO corn story with us. Call Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519, or complete one of our confidential claim forms.

We look forward to offering assistance to protect your livelihood.

 

Over 20,000 GMO Corn Seed Lawsuits Filed by US Corn Famers

By | Consumer protection, GMO, Uncategorized

gmocornseedlawsuitIt all comes down to corn prices. During the season, you put in the long days, plenty of hard work, but the harvest’s success still comes down to corn prices.

For corn farmers across the US, 2013 was a challenging year. The Swiss biotechnology company, Syngenta, and their GMO corn seed, Agrisure Viptera, are what many corn farmers and those who work in the corn industry point to as the reason why 2013 brought so many challenges, chief among them financial troubles due to the severe drop in corn prices.

Prices took a plunge because of China, a major importer of US corn. However, in 2013, China refused to import GMO corn, in this case Agrisure Viptera, that they had not yet approved. US corn farmers were left with lots of corn and no one to buy it.

Seeking to recover their losses, US corn farmers are filing GMO corn seed lawsuits targeting Syngenta.

A primary claim is that Syngenta laid the foundation for financial troubles when they started selling their GMO corn seed to US corn growers without first getting approval from major trade partners, like China.

According to the Fulton Sun, a news outlet in Fulton, Missouri, corn prices plunged to $3.30 per bushel from $7 following China’s import rejection. The news outlet mentioned that nearly 400,000 US corn farmers felt the impact of the price decline, and more than 20,000 of these farmers have since filed lawsuits.

Large agricultural companies have also gotten involved in lawsuits. Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland have filed suits against Syngenta as well.

WE HELP US CORN FARMERS

With our headquarters in St. Louis, we are uniquely situated to help US corn farmers explore their legal options. Carey Danis & Lowe offers free case evaluations, so if you believe that you have a GMO corn seed lawsuit, you can reach our law offices by phone at 800.721.2519 for assistance.

Monsanto Woos Chemical Agricultural Company

By | Consumer protection, Monsanto, Uncategorized

gmocornseedlawsuitEarlier this summer, Monsanto twice offered to buy Syngenta for $45 million. Why would the US based chemical giant want to buy out its arch rival in Switzerland?

The answer doesn’t seem to lie in Syngenta’s global seed business.

Instead, it appears that Monsanto is preparing for the future by investing in chemistry to battle escalating plant resistance to its leading product, Roundup Weed Killer. Since the product is not working on some of the very weeds that it was designed to kill, the company is scrambling to find new chemicals to combat the resistance.

Syngenta and its chemical agriculture business may provide answers in developing new herbicide technologies.

Additionally, since grain production is high and grain prices are low, the greatest opportunity (i.e. profits) for ag suppliers will be chemicals, not seeds.

Chinese officials have refused to allow GMO crops into their country and South American farmers have refused GMO seeds. For these reasons, Monsanto is no doubt is looking for other options than genetically modified seeds that tolerate the harsh Roundup herbicide.

Other criticisms of the product include:

  • Seed contamination – it’s impossible to avoid cross pollination of GMO and non GMO seeds
  • Future Risks – Scientists don’t know what the true effect of GMOs is on the environment
  • Terminator Seeds – Since Roundup Ready seeds are sterile for second generation crops, farmers need to purchase seeds each year if they want to use Roundup.
  • Lawsuits – The chemical giant threatens to sue farmers whose crops contain Monsanto’s patented GMO technology. However, since cross pollination is unavoidable, the farmers have no control over the situation and may suffer devastating financial losses when overpowered by Monsanto’s’ corporate legal team.

 Carey Danis & Lowe can help.

If you have financial damages due to the above situations, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses. Our attorneys have extensive experience in representing the individual in corporate lawsuits.

For a free, no-obligation case evaluation, contact Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519, or complete a personal injury claim form.

We look forward to offering you legal assistance.

Kansas Corn Farmers Feel Financial Strain from GMO Corn

By | Class Action, Consumer protection, GMO, Uncategorized

gmo_corn_class_action_lawsuitKansas corn farmers, and corn farmers across the U.S., are feeling financial strain. Farming brings its challenges, but they have been amplified by Syngenta. The Swiss biotech company developed and marketed a GMO corn seed that many say caused a huge drop in U.S. corn prices.

According to a report by a Kansas news station, KSN, corn prices have dropped in recent years from $7 to a low of $3.50. Many U.S. corn farmers and others involved in the corn industry point to China as the reason for the dip.

What does China have to do with U.S. corn prices?

China is a major importer of U.S. corn.

The country refused to import Syngenta’s GMO corn, Agrisure Viptera, or MIR 162. At the time, China hadn’t approved the genetic modification. And because of their refusal, those involved in the U.S. corn industry were left without a major market for their product.

Carey Danis & Lowe can help you.

Our law firm currently represents U.S. corn farmers who’ve taken a financial hit from China’s refusal of Agrisure Viptera. With our headquarters in the heartland, we understand firsthand the importance that the corn industry plays in a healthy local economy.

Contact our law firm for a free legal consultation. We can guide you through your legal options, and determine if filing a GMO corn seed lawsuit is right for you.

Our phone number is 800.721.2519.

You can also discuss your case with one of our corn lawyers by completing a confidential claim form.

GMO Corn Seed Lawsuits on the Rise

By | Class Action, Consumer protection, GMO, Uncategorized

gI_118526_cdl-pr-122014-gmo-corn-seed-lawsuitsMore and more GMO corn seed lawsuits are being filed in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Kansas. In one month, the lawsuits targeting the biotech giant, Syngenta, climbed from 300 to almost 1,800. The big increase in GMO corn lawsuits indicates that U.S. corn farmers want to hold Syngenta accountable for their handling of the GMO corn seed, Agrisure Viptera.

These lawsuits assert that Syngenta sold GMO corn seeds that were disapproved by a major U.S. trading partner―China. These U.S. corn farmers were set up for failure, planting, growing and harvesting a crop for which there was no buyer.

According to a court document, Syngenta received warnings from corn industry insiders. These warnings expressed concern about Syngenta selling Agrisure Viptera to U.S. corn farmers without first seeking approval from China.

The corn industry insiders warned that there could be serious economic repercussions for U.S. corn farmers if Syngenta began selling Agrisure Viptera.

Clearly, Syngenta ignored these warnings.

Our corn lawyers can help you recover losses.

Carey Danis & Lowe is a law firm with headquarters in St. Louis. Our corn lawyers understand how so many Midwestern towns depend upon a successful corn growing season. That is why our law firm works tirelessly to recover losses for U.S. corn farmers.

Contact Carey Danis & Lowe for a free case evaluation. One of our corn lawyers can discuss your case, analyze your compensation eligibility, and if applicable, guide you through the process of filing a GMO corn seed lawsuit.

You can reach Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519, or by completing a confidential personal injury claim form.

U.S. Farmers Suffer $1 Billion in Losses from Disrupted Corn Trade with China

By | Consumer protection, GMO, Product Liability, Uncategorized

gI_118526_cdl-pr-122014-gmo-corn-seed-lawsuitsIowa farmers continue to suffer financial losses as a result of China’s import ban on Syngenta GMO corn. Though China began accepting U.S.-grown GMO corn products in December 2014, the farming industry continues to feel the impact of the trade disruption.

According to The Gazette, an Iowa newspaper, China is no longer the top importer of U.S. corn products, since the country banned imports of GMO corn products grown using a corn seed developed by Syngenta.

Also, one Iowa farmer was quoted by the Iowa newspaper as saying that the drop in corn prices is related to disrupted trade with China.

Without a stable foreign market to sell to, a drop in corn prices was inevitable.

The per bushel price of corn fell considerably from July to October 2013, from $6.79 per bushel to $4.63.

The Gazette article mentioned that financial losses suffered by U.S. farmers as a result of the decline in the per bushel price could be around $1 billion. This estimate comes from the National Grain and Feed Association.

Iowa farmers, and U.S. corn growers across the U.S., continue to be impacted by China’s import ban on Syngenta GMO corn. With the growing season ramping up, many are hoping for a better year.

Carey Danis & Lowe represents U.S. corn farmers.

Carey Danis & Lowe is a St. Louis law firm that currently represents U.S. corn farmers who have suffered financial losses as a result of GMO corn. Our team of experienced corn lawyers work tirelessly for our clients to recover any and all losses.

If you are a U.S. corn farmer or exporter who took a financial hit as a result of GMO corn―whether through the Syngenta ban or through cross-pollination―we can help you. Our law firm offers free case evaluations, during which we guide you through your legal options and compensation eligibility. And if appropriate, we can help you file a GMO corn seed lawsuit.

Contact Carey Danis & Lowe today for your free case evaluation. You can reach our law offices by phone at 800.721.2519, or by completing a confidential claim form.

GMO Corn Lawsuits Spurred by Foreign Market Refusals

By | Consumer protection, GMO, Product Liability, Uncategorized

gmo_corn_class_action_lawsuitWhat does China have to do with people growing and distributing corn in the US?

A lot, in fact.

China’s refusal to import US corn products containing a genetically modified trait brought financial troubles to farmers in the US.

US corn growers planted their corn crop using a GMO corn seed developed by a Swiss biotech giant, Syngenta. The GMO seed, called Agrisure Viptera, or MIR 162, came onto the US market in 2010. However, unbeknownst to US corn growers, China―a major trading partner―hadn’t given Syngenta’s new GMO corn seed the stamp of approval.

China Refuses to Import Agrisure Viptera Corn Products

After China rejected corn products containing Agrisure Viptera, US corn growers had no where to turn next, so they soon became burdened with lost income.

Sygenta & Approval from Foreign Markets

Syngenta never sought approval from China before bringing their GMO corn seed to the US market.

As a result, US corn growers have filed GMO corn lawsuits targeting Sygenta for lost income and neglecting to recognize the importance of the trade partnership between the US and China.

According to experts quoted in an article by Capital Press, an agricultural news service, foreign markets, like China, could play a future role in GMO product regulation, especially in regards to exports.

The Capital Press article also noted that the situation with Syngenta and GMO corn seed lawsuits may prevent other biotech companies from introducing new products onto the market for fear of litigation.

Legal Assistance for US Corn Farmers

Carey Danis & Lowe is currently investigating GMO corn seed cases involving US corn farmers who suffered financially. If you experienced lost income as a result of GMO corn seeds, we encourage you to begin exploring your legal options.

Our law firm offers free legal evaluations. During our evaluations, one of our lawyers guides you through your legal options and compensation eligibility.

Contact Carey Danis & Lowe today by phone at 800.721.2519, or complete a confidential claim form.

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GMO Corn Seed Lawsuit: Take Control of Your Legal Situation

By | Consumer protection, GMO, Uncategorized

gmo_corn_class_action_lawsuitImagine working through the whole corn growing season. Imagine putting in those long days.

Then, once your corn product is ready to go to market, imagine the financial stress of receiving word of your corn product’s rejection or price reduction.

Frustrated U.S. Corn Growers

Many U.S. corn growers experienced financial loss in the past several years. Their losses are the result of using Syngenta GMO corn seeds; losses also stem from cross-pollination of their non-GMO corn product with a nearby field of GMO corn.

For corn growers who used Syngenta corn seeds, financial losses resulted from rejected corn exports, particularly when attempting to export to China.

Corn growers also experienced financial losses as a result of their non-GMO corn product being substantially reduced in price due to cross-pollination with GMO corn crops.

We Work to Recover Losses for U.S. Corn Growers

Our team of corn farmer attorneys are investigating GMO corn seed cases brought to us by frustrated farmers, corn distributors, and others involved in the corn growing and exporting business.

File a GMO Corn Seed Lawsuit

Interested in filing a GMO corn seed lawsuit?

During a free case evaluation, our attorneys guide you through your legal options, filing a GMO corn seed lawsuit, and eligibility for compensation.

Contact Us

Carey Danis & Lowe is available to listen to your GMO corn seed case, and provide you with advice on how to move forward.

Contact our law offices at 800.721.2519. You can also reach us online by completing a confidential claim form.

We look forward to offering any legal assistance that we can.

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GMO Corn Seed Lawsuit Filed by Kentucky Farm

By | Consumer protection, GMO, Product Liability, Uncategorized

gmocornseedlawsuitA Kentucky farm filed a GMO corn seed lawsuit against Syngenta. A Swiss biotech giant, Syngenta is the target of late in many GMO corn lawsuits, since the company brought to market a GMO corn seed―Agrisure Viptera, or MIR 162―without winning approval from a major U.S. trading partner, China.

According to the legal news website, Top Class Actions, the Kentucky farm, Moss Farms, didn’t directly grow corn using Syngenta MIR 162 seeds; rather, nearby farms growing corn from MIR 162 seeds most likely contaminated the corn crop of Moss Farms through cross-pollination.

Unfortunately, for many U.S. corn growers and distributors, cross-pollination of non-GMO corn―or GMO corn approved for import in China and other trading partners―has led to serious financial loss.

Did Your Finances Get Hit by Syngenta MIR 162 Corn Seeds?

If you have experienced financial losses resulting from cross-pollination with MIR 162 corn, we encourage you to explore your legal options now.

Carey Danis & Lowe is currently investigating GMO corn seed lawsuits, and is offering free case evaluations. During our case evaluations, we guide you through your compensation eligibility, and how to file a GMO corn lawsuit.

We Can Help You

Contact our law firm today by calling 800.721.2519, or complete a confidential claim form. We look forward to offering you any assistance that we can.

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