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PAYMENT TO FARMERS IN SYNGENTA LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT DELAYED AGAIN
DTN reports:

Payouts from a $1.51 billion Syngenta settlement may arrive in farmers' mailboxes sometime in 2020, as attorneys in the case continue to battle a federal court on the allocation of fees.

Farmers originally were expected to begin receiving payments during the second quarter of 2019.

A federal judge in the district court case invalidated contingency fee agreements, however. With those types of agreements, a lawyer's fees comes from a percentage of money awarded to a client. Attorneys who had contingency agreements with some plaintiffs in the case have been fighting the court's decision.

Syngenta spokesman Paul Minehart told DTN that Syngenta plays no role in the distribution of settlement funds as the company already has contributed $1.51 billion.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas in Kansas City approved the settlement from a lawsuit filed following Syngenta's release of Agrisure Viptera (MIR162) and Agrisure Duracade corn traits. A lawsuit was filed by four Kansas farmers who represent more than 7,000 farmers in the state. It is the first of multiple lawsuits claiming Syngenta should have inspected and prevented harvested Viptera corn from being shipped to China in 2013 and 2014.

As a part of the settlement order, the district court set aside $503.33 million for attorneys' fees. The court issued another order dividing attorney fees by percentage.

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