Dodge City attorney David Rebein and Kansas City attorney Patrick Stueve are holding an informational town hall meeting in Dodge City today to provide corn farmers with more information about the pending litigation against Syngenta over its Agrisure Viptera corn seed and the related closure of Chinese markets to US Corn.
Stueve is part of the four law firms appointed by the United States District Court in Kansas to lead the multi-district litigation cases filed against Syngenta.
The entire co-lead counsel team appointed the federal court includes Stueve Siegel Hanson’s Stueve; Gray, Ritter and Graham’s Don Downing from St. Louis, Missouri; Gray Reed and McGraw’s William Chaney from Dallas, Texas; Hare, Wynn, Newell and Newton’s Scott Powell from Alabama.
As co-lead counsel, Stueve and his team will lead the preparation and presentation of all plaintiffs' claims against Syngenta, as well as coordinating all discovery in the cases and speaking on behalf of plaintiffs at all court conferences and hearings.
The litigation alleges that Syngenta sold its Agrisure Viptera corn seed line to American farmers prior to obtaining Chinese regulatory approvals of the newly developed genetically modified organism seed trait, labeled- MIR 162.
In November 2013, a shipment of US corn to China tested positive for the unapproved genetic trait found in viptera. As a result of this discovery, China began refusing shipments of US corn, which negatively impacted the price US corn farmers could obtain for their crop.
Until 2013, China was a major importer of US corn.
"Corn growers are experiencing significant economic losses due to Syngenta's bringing it’s genetically modified corn to market prematurely," Stueve said. "The company was well aware of the catastrophic financial harm their actions could bring to US corn growers."
It is estimated that the closure of the Chinese markets to US corn has cost American farmers in excess of $2 billion.
The meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. at the High Plains Communications Center, 1500 E. Wyatt Earp Blvd and is open to all corn growers.
There is no cost to attend the meeting.
For more information please contact Stueve Siegel Hanson at 816-714-7127 or Rebein Bangerter law firm at 620-227-8126.