Genetically modified organisms have been under scrutiny recently. Crops in the United States are modified genetically to include traits that make them more resistant to pesticides and herbicides. While these traits are approved in the United States, they may not be approved in some countries that make up the biggest export markets. This leads to these markets refusing crops, which has led to class action lawsuits.
An unapproved GMO trait called Viptera in corn led to the rejection of billions of tons of corn by China. The trait, manufactured by the company Syngenta, had not been approved in China’s markets. This rejection led to a loss of many millions of dollars by farms in the United States.
Omaha-based Domina Law Group is representing some of the farmers looking to recover the financial losses they suffered by growing a crop with a trait that had not been approved. The group says that hundreds of lawsuits have been filed. These cases have now been combined to be heard in three different courts.
Despite the fact that China is a small export customer of U.S. corn, the rejection of the crops shocked the market. The result was a market loss for U.S. farmers.
Some law firms are expanding their claims to include other crops. Domina Law Group says that expansion to different crops will be difficult to prove. Some crops, such as U.S. sorghum and DDGs experienced an increase in exportation because China increased imports of these grains as a substitute for corn.
If you had Viptera corn rejected on the market and you’re a farmer in Georgia, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the law offices of John Foy & Associates. The “Strong Arm” attorneys will work to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.