Simmons Hanly Conroy shareholder named to national leadership position for GMO corn multidistrict litigation

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Special to the Illinois Business Journal

    ALTON – Simmons Hanly Conroy, a national complex litigation firm, has announced that named firm Shareholder Jayne Conroy has been appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee (PEC) for the pending multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Syngenta Seeds Inc. concerning its genetically modified corn.
    The MDL was assigned in December 2014 to U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas Judge John W. Lungstrum, who announced the PEC appointments in an order dated Jan. 22, 2015.
    The MDL (No. 2591, IN RE: Syngenta AG MIR162 Corn Litigation) involves more than 175 lawsuits filed in eight different districts against Syngenta, the world’s largest crop chemicals company. The litigation concerns the economic impact from contamination of the U.S. corn supply with Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera, a type of genetically modified corn that is banned in China. The lawsuits claim that Syngenta’s actions in essence destroyed the Chinese corn export market and severely harmed corn farmers and exporters.

 

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