On February 18, 2019, a California federal judge ruled on evidence disputes in a case that is a part of ongoing litigation concerning Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer and its connection to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco is overseeing a “bellwether” trial for plaintiff Edwin Hardeman, who accuses Monsanto of covering up evidence that glyphosate, the principal ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer, causes cancer. Early motions in this trial by Monsanto divided the trial into two phases....Continue Reading
Oasis of the Seas to return to port a day earlier than scheduled The Associated Press reported on January 10 that 277 guests and crewmembers became ill on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas liner after exposure to Norovirus. Royal Caribbean is returning the cruise liner to port a day earlier than scheduled and has offered passengers full refunds of their fares. Passengers tweeted that they were “forced” to stay aboard the cruise ship after docking in Jamaica. If you...Continue Reading
A circuit judge on December 19 refused to overturn a jury verdict of $4.69 billion in a case that accused Johnson & Johnson of failing to disclose that their baby powder and other talcum powder products contained cancer-causing asbestos. The judge wrote that J&J’s conduct in this case was “particularly reprehensible,” as the company had knowingly targeted a dangerous product to mothers and babies. The 22 women that won the verdict were the first to go to trial on the...Continue Reading
On November 15, 2018, a California judge granted an expedited trial to a couple that blames Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer for their cancer, reports Reuters. Superior Court Judge Ioanu Petrou in Oakland, California scheduled Alva and Alberta Pilliod’s trial for March 2019, under a provision of California law that allows expedited trials for plaintiffs with short life expectancies. The Pilliods developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2011 and 2015 after their use of Roundup between 1975 and 2011. The Pilliod trial will...Continue Reading
On November 2, 2018, Reuters reported that Bayer AG’s chief executive said that the company might settle lawsuits that accuse the Monsanto parent company of selling weed killer that causes cancer. Though CEO Werner Baumann said that the company will continue to defend against the Roundup cancer lawsuits, he admitted to German media that “[W]e will of course consider [settlement] from an economic standpoint.” Bayer acquired Monsanto this year for $63 billion. That acquisition brought with it the continued litigation...Continue Reading
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