In some of the first Paraquat cases that have been filed, the complaints allege that Syngenta Crop Protection LLC, Syngenta AG, and Chevron U.S.A., Inc. have since 1964 manufactured, distributed, and sold paraquat for use throughout the United States, acted in concert with others who manufactured, distributed, and sold paraquat for use throughout the United States, sold and used paraquat throughout the United States, or owned property where paraquat was used. Over a period of two (Chevron) to six (Syngenta) decades, each Defendant, together with those with whom they were acting in concert, manufactured paraquat for use as an active ingredient in paraquat products, distributed paraquat to formulators of paraquat products, formulated paraquat products, marketed paraquat products to the United States agricultural community, and/or distributed paraquat products, intending that such products regularly would be, and knowing they regularly were, sold and used throughout the United States.
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Chevron Corporation is an American multinational energy corporation. One of the successor companies of Standard Oil, it is headquartered in San Ramon, California, and active in more than 180 countries. Chevron is engaged in every aspect of the oil and natural gas industries, including hydrocarbon exploration and production; refining, marketing and transport; chemicals manufacturing and sales; and power generation. It was also one of the Seven Sisters that dominated the global petroleum industry from the mid-1940s to the 1970s. Chevron is one of the largest companies in the world and the second largest oil company in the United States, only behind ExxonMobil. As of August 2021, Chevron ranked 27th in the Fortune 500 with a yearly revenue of $94.7 billion and market valuation of $190 billion. In the 2020 Forbes Global 2000, Chevron was ranked as the 61st-largest public company in the world.
Syngenta AG is a provider of agricultural science and technology, in particular seeds and pesticides, with its management headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, and further locations in Chicago, Tel Aviv, and Shanghai. It is owned by ChemChina, a Chinese state-owned enterprise. Syngenta AG was founded in 2000 by the merger of the agrichemical businesses of Novartis and AstraZeneca, and acquired by China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) in 2015. In 2020, the Syngenta Group was formed, bringing together Syngenta AG, Adama, and the agricultural business of Sinochem under a single entity. Its consists of Syngenta Crop Protection, Syngenta Seeds, Adama, and Syngenta Group China.