I am pleased to confirm that there has been a huge settlement reached for all corn farmers in the United States in the lawsuits against Syngenta.Read More
The status of the Syngenta lawsuits has changed. The Minnesota class action lawsuit trial against Syngenta was postponed to a new start date of September 11 in Minneapolis. With the retirement of Judge Sipkins, a new judge was assigned to the trial. She is the Honorable Laurie Miller, who happens to have been raised a farm girl in Montana, and went on for education at Stanford for college and Yale for law school. Our trial team is quite pleased with this development and continues intense preparation for the trial.
Also, another class action trial is set in January for farmers in Ohio and Indiana.
On the morning of June 23, 2017 a jury in Kansas City federal court issued a verdict against Syngenta for $217 Million. This is very good news as it affirms our liability claims against Syngenta, which vigorously fought at this trial. However, the jury declined to issue any punitive damages against Syngenta. The law for Kansas on getting punitive damages is much more difficult than that of Minnesota. Syngenta may very well appeal this verdict.
Regardless of whether it appeals, this verdict does not cover the more than 55,000 farmers and elevators represented by our lead firm of Watts & Guerra of San Antonio. Our firm represents nearly 800 of you farmers, and some coop elevators, predominantly in western Minnesota, with the Watts Guerra firm.
Then, during the week of June 29, Syngenta came to the table and settled the case for one of our farmer clients, Mr. Mensik of Nebraska. We are very pleased with the result. However, the settlement amount is confidential, and applies just to Mr. Mensik. Obviously, it bodes well for Syngenta eventually agreeing to a global settlement for all farmers.
The next scheduled trial is another class action trial that is set to begin on August 14 in Minneapolis. This is a class action for farmers of Minnesota who have not filed their individual lawsuits, as we have for you.
Our lawyer team led by Mikal Watts is very encouraged. We have been able to preview the defense efforts of Syngenta in the Kansas City trial, and we believe our expert witnesses and other witnesses will be even better against Syngenta in the Minneapolis class action trial, and any future trials. Plus, we have a better shot at having punitive damages awarded under Minnesota law.
SORRY, BUT WE CAN NO LONGER ACCEPT NEW CLIENTS FOR SYNGENTA LAWSUITS.
Calling Corn Farmers Who Suffered As a Result of Syngenta's Wrongdoing and Negligence in Causing Corn Prices to Plummet
Join over 25,000 farmers who have retained us to sue Syngenta, a Swiss corporation with net worth over $30 Billion, for knowingly, negligently placing American corn prices at risk. Syngenta started selling Viptera GMO corn in 2010, despite warnings that China had not agreed to accept it. Contrary to Syngenta’s promises that it would get Chinese approval, China shut down all American corn imports in summer, 2013 when it found the first trace of Viptera. Corn prices took a resulting steep dive.
Syngenta started the lawsuits by unsuccessfully suing Bunge in Iowa, which had refused to take Viptera corn. In late 2014, Cargill and ADM started multi-million dollar, pending lawsuits against Syngenta. We have followed with lawsuits for thousands of American farmers, along with many coop and other elevators.
I am a trial lawyer with decades of experience (www.wojtalewiczlawfirm.com), and our team is led by Michael Watts of San Antonio, Texas. Mike has already beat Syngenta’s move to drag our farmer lawsuits to Louisiana and federal court. Not long ago, Mike represented thousands of southern USA farmers as a lead lawyer in achieving the $750 Million settlement against Bayer Crop Science when its GMO seed wrecked the prices for their rice.
You do not need to have used Syngenta seed to participate in the lawsuits. The cases are about Syngenta causing corn prices (perhaps beans and wheat) to plummet by their negligence and other wrongdoing.
We have already invested millions of dollars on behalf of our farmer clients, and represent more farmers than any other law firms. As the attached fee agreement explains, you will NOT be responsible for payment to us of any fees or costs if the cases are unsuccessful. Case expenses are paid within the 40% of our contingency fee. BEWARE of other law firms that are charging for costs added to the contingency legal fee.
It is very unlikely that you will ever be in a courtroom, or even do a deposition. Cases of this type usually settle without trials. Even if a small number of “bellwether” trials happen, there is far less than a one percent chance that we would select any one farmer for those bellwether trials.
There are statutes of limitations approaching that will end your opportunity to join in these lawsuits. Don’t delay. Fill out, sign and mail or e-mail the contract to me ASAP. Within a month, you’ll get a letter from our San Antonio Watts-Guerra LLP law firm asking for detailed crop information. If you have already completed and sent in our standard fee agreement (attached), please pass this on to another farmer. We have strength with numbers.
There is no cost to the farmer, co-op or other clients to join as a plaintiff in these lawsuits. Legal fees will be covered by the contingency legal fee agreement (attached), if the case is successful. To join the many other farmers, co-ops and elevators in these lawsuits across the country, you may complete the “Legal Fee Agreement” and return it to Attorney Brian Wojtalewicz by mail at 139 North Miles, P.O. Box, Appleton, MN 56208 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have further questions, please contact Attorney Brian Wojtalewicz at 320-289-2363.