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. This trial involves four Kansas farmers representing roughly 7,300 farmers from that state. As the first trial, it is important because it will provide guidance for how this extremely complex case could be resolved.
Chris Ellis did not attend the trial as merely a spectator. At the beginning of the litigation, he was appointed to serve on the liaison counsel of the class action case. In addition, he provided a summary of the proceedings to Stu Ellis (no relation as far as they have been able to determine) of the Decatur Herald & Review. Mr. Ellis recently published an article concerning the proceedings, which discusses both the current trial on behalf of Kansas farmers and the upcoming trial on behalf of Illinois farmers: Stu Ellis: Farmers verses Syngenta.
BRE Law and Chris are extremely proud to protect the interests of local farmers. If you are a corn producer, farmer, or have a general interest in learning more about the class action lawsuit, please visit the Class Action website.