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Iowa jury sides with Garst in employee recruiting case

An Iowa District Court jury decided in favor of a Syngenta company, Garst Seed, awarding both economic and punitive damages, in a complaint that a Monsanto-owned seed company, Midwest Seed Genetics, Inc., intentionally acted improperly in recruiting sales representatives from Garst.

Specifically, the jury found that Monsanto's Midwest Seed Genetics intentionally and improperly interfered with Garst employees, that this tortious interference caused Garst employees to terminate their relationship with Garst and that the illegal behavior caused damages to Garst.

"Syngenta and our seed companies strive to operate at the highest ethical standards in every aspect of our business. Our customers, our employees and the communities we operate in demand and deserve nothing less," says Syngenta Seeds president Jeff Cox. "Syngenta honors its legal commitments, and we expect others to honor theirs."

An Iowa District Court jury decided in favor of a Syngenta company, Garst Seed, awarding both economic and punitive damages, in a complaint that a Monsanto-owned seed company, Midwest Seed Genetics, Inc., intentionally acted improperly in recruiting sales representatives from Garst.

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