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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They Got it Right Again in San Francisco: Jury Finds Roundup was to Blame for Hardeman’s Cancer

Yesterday, we took another incremental step towards justice in the second Roundup case to go to trial against Monsanto.  The jury in Edwin Hardeman's Roundup case against Monsanto determined that Roundup caused him to develop non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.  The case was full of fireworks with Judge Vince Chhabria sanctioning counsel for Mr. Hardeman and threatening to dismiss the case if there was further mention of internal Monsanto documents showing that the company attempted to hide Roundup's cancer risk from the public by altering scientific studies and influencing the EPA.  Nevertheless, Aimee Wagstaff and Jennifer Moore, co-counsel for Mr. Hardeman, did a nice job under challenging circumstances and proved to the jury that Monsanto caused Mr. Hardeman's cancer. By way of background, Mr. Hardeman's case is pending before Judge Chhabria and is the first bellwether case in the federal consolidated multi-district litigation (MDL) to go before a jury.  My client, Dewayne "Lee" Johnson's case was the first Roundup trial overall in the national...
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