Francisco “Frank” Guerra IV of law firm Watts Guerra has been appointed co-lead counsel in the case In Re: Syngenta Litigation, 27-CV-15-3785. The Minnesota judge overseeing the action signed an order on August 5 directing Guerra to coordinate the litigation. The Minnesota action will be coordinated with multidistrict litigation pending before the U.S. District Court for Kansas under file number MDL No. 2591.
Law Firm Watts Guerra Experienced in Mass Action Claims
According to LinkedIn and court documents, Watts Guerra represents more than 21,000 personal claims against Syngenta, amounting to more than 90 percent of the total claims asserted. The firm is not new to complex litigation. Indeed, Guerra’s partner at the firm, Mikal Watts, was the first in the country to file injury and death cases related to pharmaceutical drug Pradaxa. Watts was the catalyst behind the consolidation of the Pradaxa cases and he spearheaded the pursuit of recovery, resulting in an award of $650 million for the affected parties.
Watts Guerra has handled hundreds of thousands of claims in courts all over the United States, leading the coordination of many product liability cases. As originally reported on PR Newswire, more than 22,000 plaintiffs have asserted individual claims against Syngenta related to the impact of the mega-corporation’s genetically-modified corn on the national corn market.
Attorney Guerra Takes Syngenta Case Personally
When asked about the meaning of the case, Guerra said he was honored to advocate on behalf of American farmers. He said he understood the consequences to farmers and other American workers of the market drop “caused by Syngenta’s actions.” “I was raised working on my family’s land,” he said. “Our firm looks to bring justice and financial assistance to those financially damaged by Syngenta’s actions.”