Welcome to the Official Website of the Corn Seed Settlement Program.

A Settlement has been reached with Syngenta over class action and individual lawsuits related to the sale and marketing of its Agrisure Viptera and Duracade corn seeds. The Settlement may affect your rights if you are: (1) a Corn Producer; (2) a Grain Handling Facility; or (3) an Ethanol Production Facility.

Settlement Updates

6/18/19 UPDATE REGARDING CLAIMS PROCESSING AND PAYMENT TIMING.

Please do not contact the Court, Syngenta, or Syngenta’s counsel regarding payment timing.

CLAIMS DETERMINATIONS EXPECTED IN SUMMER 2019

Since the December 7th, 2018 approval of the Settlement, the Claims Administrator has been reviewing submitted Claim Forms. As early as July 2019, Eligible Class Members will receive Notices of Determination showing their Compensable Recovery Quantity, which is the number of Corn bushels or short tons of DDGs for which they may recover under the terms of the Settlement Agreement.

For other Claimants who failed to provide sufficient information, Notices of Rejection will be issued in June 2019. Claimants can respond to a Notice of Rejection to attempt to cure any deficiencies. The Claims Administrator will analyze any such responses and anticipates issuing any Notices of Final Rejection by the end of August 2019.

Claimants can appeal the Notice of Final Rejection to the Special Master. Claimants whose appeals of their Notices of Final Rejection are successful will receive Notices of Determination in October 2019. If any of those Claimants appeal their Notice of Determination, these second appeals will be completed by December 2019. The Claims Administrator can then issue a Preliminary Report to the District Court, which will explain to the Court the total number of Class Members that properly and timely made a Settlement Claim and the Compensable Recovery Quantity for each Class Member. The Special Master will then resolve any appeals to this Preliminary Report, and the Claims Administrator will submit a Final Report to the Court for approval.

PAYMENT TIMING WILL BE FEBRUARY 2020 AT THE EARLIEST

Although most Compensable Recovery Quantity determinations are expected to be made this summer, payment timing will depend on the claims determination appeal process described above and the pending appeal challenging the settlement.

The settlement appeal was by certain producer class members who objected to the Settlement and those objections were overruled by the District Court. The objectors appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and submitted their opening brief on May 30, 2019.

No payments can be made to any Class Members until: (1) the Final Report is approved by the District Court; and (2) the objectors’ appeal is resolved. We currently believe that that the earliest any payment amounts will be finalized and any payments issued will be February 2020.

Check this website regularly for updates regarding resolution of appeals and the timing of payments.

ATTORNEYS’ FEE ALLOCATIONS WILL NOT DELAY NOTICES OR PAYMENT

Courts are continuing to issue orders regarding the payment of attorneys’ fees and expenses in this litigation. Any appeals from these orders regarding attorneys’ fees and expenses will NOT delay the timing of payments to Class Members discussed above. Those appeals will delay only the payment of attorneys’ fees and expenses to the attorneys in this litigation.

10/12/18

The last day to file a claim was October 12, 2018. You can no longer file a new claim.