According to the Transfer Order dated December 11, 2014 and filed in this Court on December 22, 2014:
“These cases concern the Syngenta defendants’ decision to commercialize corn seeds containing a genetically modified trait, known as ‘MIR 162,’ that reportedly controls certain insects. Corn with this trait has entered U.S. corn stocks but has not been approved for import by the Chinese government, which has imposed a complete ban on U.S. corn with this trait. . . . Plaintiffs are corn growers and a grain exporter who suffered economic losses resulting from China’s refusal to accept MIR162 corn. All actions involve common factual questions regarding Syngenta’s decision to commercialize the MIR162 genetically modified corn trait in the absence of Chinese approval to import corn with that trait.” (footnote omitted.)
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• A hearing (the “Final Approval Hearing”) will be held by this Court in Courtroom 643 at the U.S. Courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas, on November 15, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. CST to: (a) determine whether the Settlement should be finally approved as fair, reasonable, and adequate; (b) determine whether final judgment should be entered dismissing with prejudice all claims against Defendants pursuant to the Agreement; and (c) consider any application(s)s for attorneys’ fees and expenses and Plaintiffs’ requests for service/case contribution/incentive awards. The Court will also consider any objections during the Final Approval Hearing. The Court may adjourn or continue the Final Approval Hearing without further notice to the Settlement Class. The Court may also approve the Settlement at or after the Final Approval Hearing with or without modification without further notice to the Settlement Class.