A federal judge ruled against an appeal filed by the international crop seed manufacturer Syngenta on Monday. The appeal, filed by Syngenta, contained a request to dismiss several lawsuits that have been filed against the company over some of its genetically modified corn seed products.
In addition to refusing to dismiss the cases, the judge set an October 29 deadline for all parties involved in the cases to report any agreements or disagreements with several points in the lawsuit. Syngenta was also given a November 5 deadline to respond to several amended class-action complaints that have been filed by corn and milo growers.
The ruling against Syngenta comes amidst a change in company leadership after its CEO, Mike Mack, submitted his resignation to the board last week. The company’s Chief Financial Officer, John Ramsay, will act as the Chief Executive Officer as Syngenta seeks to fill the position.
Upon announcing his resignation, Mr. Mack expressed his feelings and ideas about the future of the Basel-based company.
“I believe that this is an appropriate time for the Company to benefit from the perspectives of a new leader,” he said. “I am confident that the strength of the Company’s products, promising pipeline and talented people will deliver significant value in the years ahead. I wish John every success in his new role and am sure he will make a major contribution.”
Inheriting a company that is facing several challenges, including the lawsuits over its Viptera and Duracade products, will surely be a challenge for Mr. Ramsay.
We believe that Mr. Ramsay will help the company to make the situation right with the people who have been negatively affected by the genetically-modified products.
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