Siskind's Class Action against pesticide manufacturers on behalf of Ontario's beekeepers

The Ontario Beekeepers’ Association is notifying Ontario beekeepers that a class action has been filed by Siskinds LLP to recover damages suffered by beekeepers due to the widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides. If successful, beekeepers who join the Class could recover losses and damages from as far back as 2006.

The Statement of Claim alleges, among other things, that Bayer (CropScience) and Syngenta were negligent in their manufacture, sale and distribution of neonicotinoids in Ontario that caused beekeepers to suffer significant losses and damage. These losses include killed or weakened bees; non-productive queens and bee colonies; breeding stock; contaminated wax, combs and hives; reduced honey production and lost profits; costs incurred to meet honey and pollination contracts; and increased labour, equipment and supply expenses. This class action seeks to recover these losses.

“While the OBA is not directly involved in this action, we support any effort that could help beekeepers recover losses caused by the overuse of neonicotinoids”, said OBA VP Tibor Szabo, “This Action puts the blame where it belongs - on the pesticide manufacturers.”

Beekeepers or companies in the business of honey production, queen bee rearing and/or pollination services who are interested in participating should contact Siskinds LLP directly via Paula Lombardi at paula.lombardi@siskinds.com or 1-877-672-2121 ext. 7878.

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