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Monsanto loses third cancer case, ordered to pay $2 billion

By Rich Peters | May 14, 2019

OAKLAND – An Alameda County Superior Court jury ruled against Monsanto on Monday in the company’s third case in which the plaintiffs alleged that its product caused their cancer, awarding a Bay Area-couple more than $2 billion in damages.

Third Monsanto trial comes to an end; verdict looms

By Rich Peters | May 13, 2019

OAKLAND – The third trial in which plaintiffs allege that the popular weedkiller Roundup caused their cancer came to an end this week and the verdict looms.

Proposed bill looks to amend California Consumer Privacy Act

By Rich Peters | May 6, 2019

SACRAMENTO – A newly proposed bill regarding Internet privacy is advancing in California' legislature, responding to last year’s groundbreaking California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and in the wake of a failed proposal that would have required consumers to affirmatively consent to their personal information being shared.

Monsanto expert witness says human body repels glyphosate - 'confident there's no hazard'

By Rich Peters | May 6, 2019

OAKLAND – The third trial against Monsanto wrapped its sixth week as the discussion of whether or not Roundup use was a substantial factor in causing a Northern California couple’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma continued, bringing Monsanto’s expert witnesses to the stand.

EPA reaffirms the safety of herbicide glyphosate - 'no risk to public health'

By Rich Peters | May 1, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in a statement Tuesday that there are “no risks to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label” and that “glyphosate is not a carcinogen.”

Married couple testifies in third Monsanto cancer case

By Rich Peters | Apr 22, 2019

OAKLAND – Plaintiffs Alva and Alberta Pilliod testified in an Oakland courtroom last week, claiming that the common weed killer Roundup was a substantial factor in causing their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Third Roundup trial continues in state court while federal judge calls for mediation

By Rich Peters | Apr 12, 2019

“There’s no risk using it less than two days or less per year. But if you used it more than two days per year, the risk goes up almost two-fold, and it’s statistically significant.”

Judge denies plaintiffs’ attempt at gag order on Monsanto's Roundup safety messaging

By Rich Peters | Apr 9, 2019

OAKLAND - A judge presiding over the latest trial involving Monsanto's Roundup has denied plaintiffs' attempt at stifling the company's messaging over the herbicide's safety.

Third Roundup trial underway in Oakland; plaintiffs are married couple both with cancer

By Rich Peters | Apr 3, 2019

OAKLAND – The third case in which Monsanto’s Roundup is alleged to have caused cancer got underway at the Oakland, Alameda County Superior Courthouse on March 28. Opening statements of Pilliod v. Monsanto were made just hours before a federal jury found Monsanto liable for $80.5 million across the Bay in San Francisco in the case of Edwin Hardeman v. Monsanto.

Federal jury awards Roundup plaintiff $80.5 million in second trial phase

By Rich Peters | Mar 27, 2019

For the second time in less than a year Monsanto was hammered by a federal jury who found that their product Roundup caused cancer, making them liable for over $80 million in damages.

Roundup trial’s second phase closes; plaintiff seeks punitive damages from Monsanto

By Rich Peters | Mar 27, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – The second phase of the case of Edwin Hardeman v. Monsanto came to a close on Tuesday and the jury will now decide what damages are owed to the 70-year-old Northern California resident.

Second phase of Roundup trial under way; Defense argues company has acted responsibly

By Rich Peters | Mar 22, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – In the case of Edwin Hardeman v. Monsanto, the opening phase came to a close on Tuesday afternoon with the federal jury ruling in favor of the plaintiff. While the ruling was a big win for Hardeman and a major blow to Monsanto, there was little time for reflection as the trial quickly moved on to its second phase.

Jury finds Roundup was substantial factor in causing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; But Bayer stands by product heading into phase 2

By Rich Peters | Mar 19, 2019

After nearly a week of deliberation, a San Francisco federal jury found that the Monsanto product Roundup was a “substantial factor” in causing a Northern California man’s non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Monsanto Roundup trial in jury’s hands after phase one closing arguments are made

By Rich Peters | Mar 13, 2019

Closing arguments of the opening phase of the bellwether Monsanto Roundup trial were made after a road map was laid out to the jury by U.S. Judge Vince Chhabria of the Northern District of California.

Roundup trial continues as San Francisco judge sets tone; Allows sprayer to be shown to jurors

By Rich Peters | Mar 5, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – The second Monsanto Roundup case is beginning to take shape as each side continued to carefully prepare their arguments on Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

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