No damages have been awarded in the Agrisure Viptera corn lawsuits against Syngenta, a company statement said Monday in response to a plantiff's lawyer who has said otherwise.
"No court has made any such determination," Syngenta said regarding the damage award claims. "Syngenta acted appropriately in this matter, believes the lawsuits are baseless and will continue to defend against them. American farmers deserve to have access to U.S.-approved technologies like Agrisure Viptera that can help increase their crop yields and productivity. "
The lawsuits stem from the commercial release of the company's MIR 162 corn trait before it was approved in all key export markets. Following the detection of unapproved MIR 162 in shipments to China, the country in November, 2013, halted all corn shipments. This depressed corn prices, legal claims contend.
"Syngenta believes everyone who is interested deserves a place to go for information about Agrisure Viptera and the Agrisure Viptera China lawsuits so they can draw their own conclusions about these important issues," the company statement said. "We encourage those interested to visit vipterachinafacts.com as an information resource, as we believe the facts show we launched Agrisure Viptera appropriately."
The Agrisure Viptera trait was approved for cultivation in the U.S. in 2010. Syngenta says it commercialized the trait in full compliance with regulatory and legal requirements, and also obtained import approval from major corn importing countries.