SAN ANTONIO, July 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A legal team led by Mikal Watts, a partner with San Antonio firm Watts Guerra, is encouraging farmers to sue the Swiss seed producer Syngenta for selling a genetically modified version of corn in 2013 and 2014 that China refused to import.
20% of corn produced by U.S. farmers is exported internationally. When GMO corn sold by Swiss-based company Syngenta caused China to reject all corn shipments from the U.S. in late-2013 and throughout 2014, the U.S. corn industry sustained billions of dollars in losses. Although this Syngenta corn allegedly accounted for only 3% of our nation's crop in those years, there was no way to keep it segregated from the massive amount of corn produced across the country. China's refusal to accept millions of bushels of American corn caused a dramatic drop in the price of corn that affected hundreds of thousands of corn farmers across the country.
"We want to help recover the ongoing financial damages by Syngenta's actions," explained Mikal Watts. "Those who have suffered financially due to the decline in corn prices may be able to join the thousands of farmers already filing suit against Syngenta in 20 states, as well as in various federal courts," said Watts.
The attorneys of Watts Guerra have extensive experience successfully handling agricultural lawsuits. Mikal Watts negotiated the first of two documents, resulting in a $750 million settlement agreement with Bayer Crop Sciences, making him one of only a very few attorneys experienced in agricultural mass torts, handling GMO mass actions to great financial success for his clients.
About Mikal Watts
Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Watts earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas in 1987, receiving a Bachelor of Arts with high honors after just two years of study. He graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1989 at the age of twenty-one. Watts immediately began his law career as a briefing attorney for Hon. Thomas R. Phillips, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas.
In 1990, he became an associate at David L. Perry & Associates in Corpus Christi, Texas, and was named a partner a year later. He went on to serve as a partner in the law firm of Perry & Haas, L.L.P. In 1997, Mr. Watts formed his own firm, Harris & Watts, P.C. After 4 highly successful years, the law firm reorganized, with Mr. Watts and Denman H. Heard joining together to form Watts & Heard, L.L.P. in March of 2001. During that time, Mr. Watts expanded the law firm to 29 lawyers, with offices in 5 Texas cities and a support staff of over 100. In August of 2002, Mr. Watts formed Watts Law Firm, L.L.P.
In 2009, Mikal Watts joined forces with Francisco Guerra IV to form Watts Guerra LLP which handles catastrophic personal injury, toxic torts, product liability, automotive defects, refinery negligence, commercial trucking negligence, medical device, pharmaceutical, and commercial litigation.
Mikal Watts has been admitted to practice pro hoc vice in New, York, Alabama, Florida, New York, Minnesota, Mississippi, and California.
SOURCE Watts Guerra LLP