ADM and Syngenta reach settlement in GMO corn lawsuit
March 15, 2018
Agritrader Archer Daniels Midland Co (ADM) and agrochemicals and seeds firm Syngenta have reached a settlement in a lawsuit revolving around strains of genetically modified (GM) corn.
In 2014, ADM and Cargill accused Syngenta of negligence in commercialising its products before they were approved in China, but the court case was settled confidentially in December 2017, reported Feed Navigator on 21 February.
A portion of the larger legal case surrounding the Agrisure Viptera and Agrisure Duracade corn strains was already decided by a jury trial in June 2017, when more than 7,000 corn producers involved in the lawsuit were awarded US$217.7M in damages.
Syngenta also reached a US$1.5bn settlement with US farmers in September 2017.
However, Syngenta head of corporate communications in North America, Paul Minehart, said some elements of the case continued, with a trial with Cargill set for September 2018.
“Syngenta is continuing to defend itself against the claims of other exporters and continues to believe that American farmers should have access to the latest US-approved technologies to help them increase their productivity and crop yield,” Minehart told Feed Navigator.
The ADM-Cargill case was launched in 2014 after Syngenta decided to begin to commercialise the GM corn strains in the USA before they were given regulatory approval in China.
The decision led to scores of US farmers having their corn shipments rejected by China, causing significant financial damages.
Syngenta attempted to get the case dropped, but in September 2015, the US District Court in Kansas allowed it to move forward, resulting in Syngenta unsuccessfully filing counterclaims where it argued that the responsibility for isolating the GE corn from untreated corn rested with grain elevators, transporters and exporters.