Attorney General Doug Peterson of Nebraska has joined ten states and the FTC in pursuing a lawsuit against Syngenta and Corteva, pesticide manufacturers.
The lawsuit accuses the defendants of engaging in anticompetitive conduct that hurt farmers. It accuses the defendants of employing “loyalty schemes” with pesticide distributors to remove generic competitors from the market and rewarding those who continue to sell Sygenta and Corteva products long after their patents and other protections have expired.
The complaint asserts that these improper business tactics have cost farmers millions of dollars annually.
It is requested that the courts put a halt to loyalty schemes and give equitable monetary redress and attorney expenses, among other concerns. This remedy would include compensation for Nebraska farmers.
This case was brought in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.
Along with Nebraska, the attorneys general of California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Oregon, Texas, and Wisconsin joined the lawsuit.