Breaking News: Plaintiffs Prove Monsanto's Roundup Causes Cancer
Plaintiff Ed Hardeman proved Roundup causes non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Federal Court. The jury was presented with scientific evidence and the testimony a former Monsanto scientist who detailed company efforts to influence science by ghost-writing academic studies. The jury's verdict - which totaled over $80 million - found not only that Roundup causes cancer, but also saw that Monsanto never particularly cared whether or not their product caused cancer. The jury awarded $75 million in punitive damages on account of Monsanto's outrageous behavior.
Preliminary Victories & Future Cases
The litigation against Monsanto’s Roundup finally exploded onto the national scene on July 10, 2018, when Judge Chhabria, in the Federal District Courts of Northern, California, ruled that the plaintiffs had provided scientific evidence that could be presented at trial. The first cases under Judge Chhabria are likely to begin in 2019.
First to Take on Monsanto and Win
Roundup litigation reached the national spotlight again during the weeks long trial of Dewayne Johnson vs. Monsanto. On August 10, 2018, a California jury found Monsanto responsible for Mr. Johnson’s cancer, inciting a media frenzy and a public campaign by Bayer AG to convince anyone who would listen that their product did not cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, pointing to 800 studies purportedly proving Roundup is safe. However, the scientific and legal community have expressed concerns that some or all of these studies were ghostwritten by Monsanto prior to publishing. The Dewayne Johnson jury already evaluated those studies against the plaintiff’s studies and favored the plaintiffs.
Additional cases regarding Roundup and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are currently scheduled for trial in St. Louis, Missouri in early 2019. The next case up for trial is Ronald Peterson and Jeff Hall v. Monsanto, which will begin on February 5, 2019. Plaintiffs in Montana are currently seeking an expedited trial in the matter of Cazier v. Monsanto, which could also begin in early 2019.
Future Roundup Plaintiffs
The outcomes of these trials will greatly affect all individuals exposed to Roundup and who have developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL). 2019 will be an important year for Roundup litigation and could have an impact lasting several generations with respect to public health, corporate responsibility, and agricultural practices.