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The Lyon Firm is actively representing numerous Ohio farmers for business losses suffered when Syngenta prematurely released MIR 162 into the U.S. corn supply without first obtaining China’s approval for the genetic trait.  When China rejected the trait, the U.S. Corn market and local farmers suffered substantial business losses as the corn prices fell.

If your farm has suffered losses due to the decline in corn prices in 2013 and 2014, call our offices today for a no-cost consultation at (800) 513-2403 to learn more about your legal rights. 

There are strict deadlines approaching that may limit the time to file a claim  for the Syngenta MIR 162 Corn Litigation.


This is a Supply & Demand case. When global demand drops, prices drop, and farmers are damaged financially. The Syngenta MIR 162 Corn Litigation is about Syngenta’s introduction of a new genetically engineered strain of corn (MIR 162) into the U.S. market without first obtaining the approval from all key export markets –i.e., China. The litigation seeks recovery for the financial harm to the U.S. corn market that resulted when China began rejecting shipments of U.S. corn in November, 2013.

From 2009 to 2014, Syngenta sold MIR 162 under the names “Agrisure Viptera” and “Agrisure Duracade.” While only 3% of the U.S. corn acreage grew Syngenta’s GMO corn, China rejected over 131 million bushels of U.S. corn due to commingling and contamination of the corn supply with MIR 162. As a result of the commingling, all U.S. corn growers, exporters, and grain elevators were foreclosed from the Chinese market causing losses to all of those involved in the U.S. corn industry. The exception was Syngenta which profited from the sales of its product.


The industry standard requires biotechnology companies such as Syngenta to obtain pre-market approval for new genetic traits from all key export markets. The purpose behind this standard is to account for the difficulty of preventing commingling and risk of disruption of global supply and demand if one key export market (e.g., China) opts to not approve a new trait.

Previously, Syngenta had joined other biotechnology companies in representing and committing to the grain industry that it would not commercialize genetically engineered seeds in the U.S. that had not been approved for import by major foreign markets. Syngenta, arguably motivated by the expiring patent life, elected not to stand by those commitments.


Syngenta has been working on MIR 162 for decades. Prior to 2009, Syngenta’s market share was lagging behind its competitors, and its 20 year patent period (the period where it would be able to obtain monopoly profits) was in its final few years. Syngenta could have delayed the release of MIR 162 until all key export markets had agreed to accept the trait, but elected to take a risk to avoid any delays on the sales. The risk though was paid for by the U.S. markets and not Syngenta. The litigation will force Syngenta to take responsibility for the economic harm it caused.


Mark Stonacek, President of Cargill:
• “Unlike other seed companies, Syngenta has not practiced responsible stewardship by broadly commercializing a new product before receiving approval from a key export market like China…

• Sygenta also put the ability of U.S. Agriculture to serve global markets at risk, costing both Cargill and the entire U.S. agricultural industry significant damages…

• [S]eed companies, farmers, grain handlers, exporters and others have a shared responsibility to maintain and preserve market access when introducing new technology…

• The risks — as well as the rewards—need to be shared across the marketplace by all stakeholders… Syngenta has not accepted its share of the risks associated with MIR 162…Sygenta’s actions are inconsistent with industry standards and the conduct of other biotechnology seed companies…

• Marketing MIR 162 before receiving approval from China closed off that significant export market to U.S. farmers and exporters…

• Cargill believes that Syngenta continues to not accept its role in shared responsibility by moving ahead this year with the commercialization of Duracade, which also is not approved in China and other key export markets.”


Michael Mack, CEO, Syngenta:
• During the 2012 first quarter earnings conference call regarding the status of Chinese approval of Viptera, Mr. Mack stated: “[t]here isn’t outstanding approval for China, which we expect to have quite frankly within the matter of a couple days . . . we know of no issue with that whatsoever…”

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What is a Class Action Lawsuit?

A Class Action is a lawsuit brought by an individual on behalf of all other similarly situated individuals. Rule 23 of the Federal and State Rules of Civil Procedure allows for Class Action lawsuits to resolve disputes in an efficient format.

Class Actions are typically filed when the amount of money in dispute for a single plaintiff would not justify litigating the case, but where the amount of damages of the entire class of Plaintiffs would justify the cost of litigation. Without class actions, large corporate defendants would be able to cause small amounts of harm over a large group of individuals without any risk of monetary penalty.

What is the difference between a Class Action & a Mass Tort?

A Class Action lawsuit involves a large group of people that have experienced extremely similar outcomes. Because the cases must meet the strict guidelines of the Class Action, they are presented under one plaintiff. 

In a Mass Tort, individual experiences may vary. Even though a large number of people have been affected, the variations from case to case are more broad than a class action. In a Mass Tort each plaintiff is represented independently, though in most instances there is still a set of general criteria to meet.

What are the requirements?

In order for a case to be certified as a Class Action, the Court must determine that the case is appropriate for class action treatment under Rule 23. There are different elements depending on whether the case is seeking monetary or injunctive relief. In general, the Court must find the following elements are satisfied:

  • Numerosity: The proposed class must be so numerous that simply joining the individual plaintiffs would be impractical. Generally, the class size should exceed 100 individuals.
  • Common Questions of Law or Fact: The facts and/or legal questions in the dispute must be common to all class members. This does not mean all facts or issues must be identical, but the primary facts and law that will determine the issue in dispute must be common among all class members.
  • Typicality: The named Plaintiff in the case must have the same facts and legal issues as the class they are proposing to represent. If the Plaintiff’s individual case involves issues of fact or law unique to that Plaintiff and are irrelevant to the ultimate issue, class certification may be denied by the Court.
  • Plaintiff/Counsel Adequately Represents the Class: The Court must find that the Plaintiff and Plaintiff’s Counsel are competent and will protect the class’ interests.
  • Predominance: Common questions of fact predominate over individual facts.
  • Superiority: The Class Action is a more efficient and fair means of resolving the dispute. The Court will look at the following factors when making this determination: (1) Class Member interest in maintaining a separate action; (2) the extent of any litigation already begun by other class members; (3) desirability or undesirability of litigating the case in a particular Court ; (4) difficulties in managing the class.
What counts as a class action?

Medical Device Litigation, Pharmaceutical Litigation, and other toxic tort litigation is not appropriate for Class Action treatment. Specifically, cases that involve injuries to the parties contain too many individual facts in terms of the science and causation to find that the common issues predominate over the individual facts.

On the other hand, complex litigation that impacts many individuals and contain common questions of fact related to the conduct of the defendant are often appropriate for mass tort consolidation. Mass Tort consolidation in federal multi-district litigation or a State mass tort docket, allows the parties to utilize the efficiency of class action litigation through the discovery process but still allows the parties to litigate their cases individually on the critical issues of whether the conduct caused the alleged injuries.

While our human bodies are very similar, each individual’s body may have reacted differently to the toxic exposure that makes Class Action treatment inappropriate in most personal injury lawsuits.

Some toxic tort areas that may be beneficial for class action lawsuits can involve environmental contamination. When companies are negligent and contaminate large swaths of private property. Public nuisance lawsuits have been filed against negligent agricultural operations of fracking companies.

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Our Firm will help you find the answers.  The Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered. 

 Experience:  Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Class Action Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 17 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters. Class Action lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury. Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.

Resources/Dedication: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, epidemiology, metallurgy, pharmacology, toxicology, human factors, workplace safety, life care planning, economics, and virtually every medical discipline in successfully representing Plaintiffs across numerous areas of law. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.

Results:  Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure results in personal injury,  automotive product liability, medical Negligence, construction accidents, and auto dealership negligence cases.  The cases have involved successfully litigating against some of  the largest companies in the world

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Filing Class Action lawsuits is a complex and serious legal course and can carry monetary sanctions if proper legal course is not followed. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to assisting injured plaintiffs work toward a financial solution to assist in compensating for medical expenses or other damages sustained.

We work with law firms across the country to provide the most resources possible and to build your case into a valuable settlement. The current legal environment is favorable for consumers involved in data breach class actions, deceptive marketing lawsuits, TCPA telemarketing claims, and financial negligence claims.

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Ohio Data Breach & Privacy Lawsuits

Invasion of privacy law has been established to protect consumers and citizens of the United States. When companies are negligent and fail to protect consumer information, which can be used in malicious ways, victims can contact a class action attorney to represent them in class action data breach lawsuits. A number of privacy breach and data breach claims have been settled by The Lyon Firm and other consumer protection lawyers around the country.

Consumer Protection Class Action

Consumers have rights in the USA, and when companies do not provide a service they have promised, or hold up their end of a bargain, legal action may be necessary. Consumer protection attorneys work on your behalf to hold companies responsible for providing a fair and safe service.

The Lyon Firm has worked with law firms nationwide in consumer class actions involving deceptive marketing, false advertising, food mislabeling and misleading marketing claims.

TCPA Robocall Class Actions

TCPA lawsuits have become one of the most common kinds of legal claims. The TCPA Act provides privacy protection for consumers by restricting how companies and organizations can contact you by telephone. Robocall harassment and unfair debt collection has been a serious issue that has required lawsuits in order to keep telemarketing companies at bay.

If you have experienced telephone harassment by a bank, real estate company, hotel, political campaign or anyone else, you may have TCPA claim. The Lyon Firm works diligently to seek compensation for those harassed at their home or work.

Ohio Wage and Hour Lawsuits

Class action wage and hour lawsuits are always ongoing, as some employers fail to treat employees properly, and attempt to cut workers out of earned wages. Wage theft lawsuits can be valuable for a class of plaintiffs who believes their employer has cheated them out of overtime pay and other earned wages.

There have been several wage theft lawsuits and settlements that have compensated employees for the wages they have earned, as well as damages for emotional distress and punitive damages when an employer is negligent in treating workers in accordance to Ohio labor law.

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