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Judges overseeing giant Roundup verdicts have been 'derelict in their duty,' law prof says

By John Breslin | May 21, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Following the more than $2 billion awarded to a California couple who claimed the use of Monsanto's Roundup weed killer caused their cancer, one legal expert is arguing that the judges presiding over the cases were "derelict in their duty" for not granting summary judgment against the plaintiffs.

Massive Roundup verdict, in wake of EPA ruling, shows how uncertainty and embarrassing emails can trump science

By Daniel Fisher | May 14, 2019

On April 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declared glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widely used weedkiller Roundup, to be safe. Less than two weeks later, a California jury ordered Bayer AG to pay $2 billion to a couple who blamed their non-Hodgkin's lymphoma on Roundup.

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.

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.”

Was the judge overseeing the $80M Roundup verdict swayed by a public relations campaign against her?

By Daniel Fisher | Apr 25, 2019

Monsanto has appealed a groundbreaking $80 million verdict over its Roundup herbicide, saying the judge committed several serious legal errors and reversed herself on the issue of punitive damages after she was placed on the receiving end of an “extraordinary and coordinated public relations campaign”

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.

When it comes to Roundup and cancer, everybody's lobbying the regulators

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 28, 2019

The federal jury that this week ordered Monsanto to pay $80 million for allegedly causing a man’s cancer likely was swayed by internal documents suggesting the unit of Bayer AG had improperly influenced regulators to keep its Roundup weedkiller from being classified a carcinogen.

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.

Judge sanctions plaintiff attorney in Roundup trial for misconduct in opening statements

By Ann Maher | Feb 27, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO - U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria slapped plaintiff's attorney Aimee Wagstaff with a $500 sanction for delving into forbidden territory in opening statements at trial involving weedkiller Roundup.

After judge erupts, plaintiff lawyer in Roundup case at trial pleads for no sanctions

By Ann Maher | Feb 26, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO - Facing sanctions for conduct during opening arguments Monday in the high profile case against Monsanto's Roundup, plaintiff attorney Aimee Wagstaff is asking the judge to hold off.

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