MDL Judge Remands Syngenta Corn Lawsuits to State Court
Kansas City, KS—The Honorable John W. Lungstrum, the federal court judge heading the Syngenta MDL proceedings, agreed with attorneys for the corn farmers that the claims against Syngenta did not raise a federal question. As a result, the judge remanded nearly 10,000 lawsuits brought by farmers to state court where they originally had been filed.
Syngenta had removed the cases to federal court, arguing that the claims regarding its conduct in marketing GMO corn without approval from China implicated a federal question.
The cases in state court will be overseen by the Honorable Thomas M. Sipkins in Hennepin County, Minnesota.