In 2013, Chinese officials found a strain of unapproved genetically modified corn in American corn imports and quickly rejected all of the corn.
As a result, corn farmers took a big hit and sued the maker of the unapproved GM grain, Syngenta.
Thousands of farmers across the County filed lawsuits and most were consolidated in federal court in Kansas City.
Poynter Law Group's Scott Poynter was appointed by Judge John W. Lungstrum to the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee in the federal action, which is responsible for prosecuting these claims on behalf of American farmers and other producers of corn.
This morning, a federal jury considering the claims of more than 7,000 Kansas corn farmers found in their favor, and ordered Syngenta to pay them $217.7 million.
Syngenta says it plans to appeal.
The farmers' lawyers say this is "only the beginning" as future trials for farmers in other states are planned, and damages of more that $5.77 billion are sought nationally.