A Big Week in Roundup Litigation

Last week saw several important developments in the fight for justice from Monsanto.  On Wednesday, the jury in the Hardeman case returned an $80 million verdict in the first federal bellwether case.  This was significant in several respects. First, this was the first case in the national multi-district litigation (MDL) in federal court to make it way to trial.  Dewayne "Lee" Johnson v. Monsanto resulted in a $289.2 million verdict for Timothy Litzenburg's client (later reduced by the judge to $78 million), but that was in California state court.  More than 750 more cases are pending in the US District Court in San Francisco on Judge Chhabria's MDL docket.  Stevick v. Monsanto and Gebeyehou v. Monsanto are the second and third bellwether cases picked to go to trial in the MDL. Second, Mr. Hardeman was a residential user of Roundup while Lee Johnson, the plaintiff in the first Roundup trial, had used the herbicide in his job.  The jury in the Johnson case...
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