A joint motion to dismiss counterclaims and third-party complaints against Cargill, Rail Transfer Inc. and Archer Daniels Midland has been approved by a US District Court judge on Monday.
It was the US Grain Standards Act (GSA) that preempted any counterclaims and third-party complaints that were filed against the three companies by Syngenta in the ongoing lawsuit.
It is, therefore, ordered by the court that the joint motion to dismiss defendants’ [Syngenta] counterclaims and third-party complaints filed by ADM, Cargill, and Rail Transfer (Doc. # 1434) is granted, and the third-party claims and counterclaims asserted against those parties in this MDL are hereby dismissed,” ruled the judge
Cargill said in a statement via a spokesperson that the company is pleased with the ruling as is the counsel for Rail Transfer, stating that the ruling may well have implications for claims being made against Syngenta in the Viptera China litigations.
Syngenta, for its part said that it will continue to protect its interest and the interests of American farmers to have access to its products.
ADM, Cargill and Rail Transfer along with producer and non-producer plaintiffs filed claims against the Swiss company for selling strains of genetically-modified corn in 2014 before its approval for being imported to China even though the corn had been approved in the US.
Syngenta alleged that the companies had been negligent in handling the corn and allowed its corn and corn carrying the Viptera trait to be comingled and sent to China. The GSA pre-empted those claims.
Over 2,000 American farmers and businesses have filed lawsuits against Syngenta. Even though Syngenta has asked the courts to dismiss the cases but their request for dismissal has been denied. These lawsuits are both class action and those brought by individuals and businesses.
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