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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• The consolidated trial of the claims of the Arkansas and Missouri classes certified by the Court is hereby set for January 22, 2018; the consolidated trial of the claims of the Illinois and Nebraska classes certified by the Court is hereby set for April 4, 2018; the consolidated trial of the claims of the Iowa and South Dakota classes certified by the Court is hereby set for May 14, 2018; and the consolidated trial of the claims of the Ohio class certified by the Court is hereby set for October 8, 2018. • (SEE ORDER doc. #3492) If the settlement documentation is not finalized to the satisfaction of Judges Lungstrum, Herndon, and Miller by February 22, 2018, a mandatory settlement meeting shall be held in Conference Room 659 in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas beginning at 9:00 a.m. on February 26, 2018, and continuing from day-to-day thereafter.