Roundup and cancer

RoundupA federal jury last week ordered Monsanto to pay $80 million to a California cancer victim who had used the weedkiller Roundup for 30 years. Bayer, which purchased Monsanto, reportedly plans to appeal the verdict. What do you need to know about Roundup, its ingredient glyphosate, and its potential to cause cancer? Kaiser Health News has a look. For example, did you know Roundup isn’t the only weedkiller that contains glyphosate?

Also, The Washington Post has more on why politicians from both parties haven’t done more to regulate pesticides.

NTL member Aimee Wagstaff in Roundup Trial

RoundupNational Trial Lawyers member Aimee Wagstaff is representing a California man in federal court who is suing Bayer AG over its weed killer Roundup, which Wagstaff believes caused her client’s cancer. Edwin Hardeman says he started using Roundup, manufactured by Bayer subsidiary Monsanto, in the 1980s to control poison oak and weeds on his property, reports Raw Story. Doctors diagnosed Hardeman with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2015, and he filed his lawsuit a year later. More than 760 of the 9,300 Roundup lawsuits are consolidated in San Francisco Federal Court. In her opening statement, Wagstaff told jurors that the chemicals in Roundup make it much more toxic than glyphosate by itself. The nine-member jury will decide whether to agree with Wagstaff that the chemicals in Roundup caused Hardeman’s cancer. Last August, a California state jury awarded $289 million in damages to a cancer victim who had used Roundup, but that amount was later reduced to $78 million.

The Associated Press has more on the trial:

Podcast: What’s next for Bayer after Roundup verdict

RoundupBayer may be suffering from buyer’s remorse after buying Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, last year. A California jury has awarded $289 million dollars to a groundskeeper who blames Roundup for causing his cancer. Bayer’s stock dropped 10 percent after the verdict. What’s next for the weedkiller maker? In this podcast, Marketplace reports that Bayer will likely face increasing legal costs as well as possible consumer backlash.

Judge rules scientific evidence shows Roundup can cause cancer

RoundupA federal judge in San Francisco has ruled that plaintiffs have put forth reliable scientific evidence that exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller can cause cancer. Andrus Wagstaff partner and National Trial Lawyers member Aimee Wagstaff is national co-lead counsel of that federal litigation and says she “is pleased [her] clients will have their day in court to hold Monsanto liable for their injuries.” The Honorable Vince Chhabria of the United States District Court of Northern California issued an order denying Monsanto’s requests to dismiss the case. Wagstaff says this is a huge victory nationwide for people harmed by Roundup exposure.

Thousands of people have filed lawsuits against Monsanto, the company which developed Roundup almost 40 years ago, with complaints that Roundup exposure caused their Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a blood borne cancer. All of those lawsuits which were filed in federal courts throughout the United States were consolidated before Judge Chhabria in In re: Roundup Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2741). Under the federal rules, Judge Chhabria is charged with conducting all pre-trial proceedings in the combined litigation. Lead counsel for the plaintiffs in that litigation include Aimee Wagstaff, of Andrus Wagstaff, Denver, CO; Robin Greenwald of Weitz and Luxenberg of New York City, NY; and Mike Miller of the Miller Law Firm, of Alexandria, VA.

The proceedings before the Court involved the Court’s obligation under the Supreme Court case of Daubert v. Merrill to act as a gatekeeper to ensure that expert testimony offered at trial is founded upon sound scientific methodology. In an extensive written ruling, Judge Chhabria declared that plaintiffs proffered scientific testimony founded upon sound scientific principles and certain testimony that Roundup can cause Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma would be allowed to go to the jury in future trials. “Today’s ruling marks a significant victory in the fight for justice on behalf of our clients who were injured by exposure to Roundup,” said Wagstaff. “We look forward to our day in court and the opportunity to hold Monsanto accountable.”

Additional lawsuits have been filed in state court in Missouri, California, Montana, and Delaware. Those cases are following independent tracks to trial.