Kansas jury awards $218M to farmers in Syngenta GMO suit
June 23, 2017
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas federal jury awarded nearly $218 million on Friday to farmers who sued Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its introduction of a genetically engineered corn seed variety.
Syngenta vowed to appeal the verdict favoring four Kansas farmers representing roughly 7,300 growers from that state in what served as the first test case of tens of thousands of U.S. lawsuits assailing Syngenta's decision to introduce its Viptera seed strain to the U.S. market before China approved it for imports.
The Kansas trial and a Minnesota one next month involving about 60,000...