Leading legal firm Creevey Russell Lawyers will provide its first update for 2018 on its class action against Advanta Seeds Pty Ltd, previously trading as Pacific Seeds, on behalf of growers who used MR43 Elite sorghum seed anytime between 2010 and 2014 and have suffered a Shattercane infestation on their land due to the use of that seed.
Creevey Russell Principal Dan Creevey said the firm will be hosting an information evening in their Toowoomba offices on Tuesday, 6 February, 2018.
“The latest position pleaded by Advanta Seeds in their defence is that the term “shattercane” is uncertain and as a result, they do not know and cannot know the meaning of the term,” Mr Creevey said, “It is disappointing to both me and the farmers that they now won’t even recognise the term shattercane as a known industry term.”
Creevey Russell last year obtained funding to proceed with the class action for group members on a No Win, No Fee basis.
The class action seeks to recover compensation for losses that sorghum growers are alleged to have suffered as a consequence of planting contaminated MR43 Elite sorghum seed.
“Any person who has been affected by Shattercane after planting MR43 Elite seed should attend this meeting to see whether they might be able to benefit from this action,” Mr Creevey said. “The farmers have been suffering from the impacts of shattercane for a long time and I am proud to be able to fight for them”.
The class action was initiated in Queensland but has also extended to include those sorghum growers in New South Wales who have also been affected.
Shattercane is a noxious weed which if present in a sorghum crop competes strongly with the planted sorghum and results in a reduced yield. Once present on the land, it can spread vigorously quickly infesting and overrunning the land. It is also difficult to eradicate, often meaning that the land cannot be used commercially for a considerable time.
Please contact 07 4617 8777 to register your interest in attending the information session, at 580 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba, from 5.30pm-7.30pm, on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. Refreshments will be provided.
When: Tuesday 6th of February at 5.30pm
Where: Our Toowoomba Offices, 580 Ruthven Street Toowoomba
RSVP: CLICK HERE or call 07 4617 8777