This article will outline the current status of the lawsuits filed against Syngenta for disrupting the US corn export market to China, in particular the pending settlement for up to $1.5 billion. We will also discuss the potential barriers to entry resulting from the court decisions holding Syngenta liable in negligence for disrupting China’s corn import from the United States. These decisions finding Syngenta liable could create barriers to entry for biotech crops down the road. With new tools for plant breeding arriving in the form of genetic editing, the threat of liability could undermine innovation for years to come.
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