A Canadian law firm specializing in class actions is targeting major makers of neonicotinoids in a proposed class action lawsuit on behalf of Canadian beekeepers and honey producers.
Bayer and Syngenta are the targets in the proposed suit, which alleges negligence and claims over $450 million in damages.
Siskinds, a London, Ont., law firm filed a statement of claim on Sept 2 in Ontario Superior Court in Windsor on behalf of two representative plaintiffs, Sun Parlor Honey and Munro Honey. The suit names the Canadian branches of Bayer, Bayer CropScience and Syngenta, and Bayer and Syngenta’s parent firms in Germany and Switzerland respectively, as defendants.
The claim alleges Bayer and Syngenta owed the plaintiffs duties of care to take steps to avoid harming beekeepers’ property; to test and properly research neonics’ impact on the bee population before getting the products registered; and to pull the products from sale “upon discovering (neonics) resulted in death to bees and are prone to persistence in the environment.”
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