Chris Ellis and Shane Mendenhall recently traveled to Kansas City, Kansas, to watch the first jury trial against Syngenta over its decision to introduce MIR 162 into the U.S. corn market before China approved it for imports. Chris reported his findings to the Decatur Herald & Review, a local newspaper which subsequently wrote an article about the proceedings that can be found here.

The class action lawyers at BRE Law are often asked what a class action lawsuit is. Generally, a class action lawsuit normally occurs when a plaintiff, sometimes called a “class representative,” sues a defendant on behalf of a large group of others (“the class”). After the case is filed, courts determine whether the action should…

BRE Law Partner Christopher Ellis recently argued in front of the Illinois Fourth District Court of Appeals on behalf of a major firm client: a local hospital. The Appellate Court agreed with Chris’s arguments, holding that a hospital may assert a lien under the Health Care Services Lien Act, 770 ILCS 23/1 et seq., against…

Over the last couple of years, corn producers across the United States sued Syngenta. Those lawsuits alleged that Syngenta’s premature and irresponsible commercialization and misrepresentations related to the sale of corn seed containing genetic traits MIR 162 (sold as Agrisure Viptera) and Event 5307 (sold as Agrisure Duracade) caused all corn producers who priced U.S….

Ashley Energy Class Action A proposed settlement has received preliminary approval in the Ashley Energy class action lawsuit. The class action lawsuit alleged that Defendants (1) committed common law fraud by fraudulently completing, or causing to be completed, monthly statements of expenses incurred in the oil projects; (2) breached their duty of good faith and…