Hare Wynn’s Scott Powell has been appointed co-lead plaintiff counsel in the In re Syngenta AG MIR 162 Corn Litigation multi-district litigation (MDL 2591) by Judge John Lungstrum of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas.  Mr. Powell will be working along side Mr. Don Downing, Mr. William Chaney, and Mr. Patrick Stueve as co-lead counsel.   Mr. Powell and his three co-leads are the only lawyers authorized to control, prosecute, and settle the hundreds of lawsuits filed against Syngenta which are part of the federal multi-district litigation.

“I am honored that the Court has allowed me, along with three other outstanding attorneys, to take the lead in representing plaintiffs across America that have been harmed by Syngenta’s conduct,” Mr. Powell said.  “I look forward to working with the other co-lead counsel as well as other attorneys and plaintiffs in holding Syngenta accountable for its conduct.”

This litigation involves accusations that Switzerland-based Syngenta and its affiliates caused harm to the entire United States corn market, thereby injuring corn farmers and other businesses across the United States, by marketing two genetically modified strains of corn – Argrisure Viptera and Agrisure Duracade – that were outlawed in China.  China, a major importer of U.S. corn, began refusing shipments of U.S. corn more than a year ago after a genetic trait found in Viptera – MIR162 – was detected in the shipments.

With the loss of the Chinese market, prices for U.S. corn plummeted.  In 2014, losses to corn growers and the industry due to the loss of the Chinese market were estimated to be from $1 billion to $2.9 billion, and these losses continue to grow.

Click on the link below to read Judge Lungstrum’s order.

2015-01-22 – Order Appointment of Counsel