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Judge Orders Roundup Lawsuits to Continue

Roundup, Weed killer

In a 68-page decision, US District Court Judge Vince Chhabria ordered that lawsuits against Monsanto, the manufacturer of weed killer and carcinogenic Roundup to move forward.

Chhabria is presiding over more than 450 cases against Roundup maker Monsanto that are part of multidistrict litigation in the Northern District of California. The lawsuits against the agrochemical giant allege that glyphosate caused non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This is a cancer that affects a type of white blood cell that is part of the immune system. The cells are known as lymphocytes.

The decision is a blow to Monsanto which sought to dismiss the Roundup lawsuits as well as disqualify the experts who testified that the chemical that make up the popular weed killer can cause cancer in humans.

In addition to the federal cases in the MDL, lawsuits have been filed in state courts in Missouri, California, Montana and Delaware.  The state case in California was filed by Dwayne Johnson whose case against Monsanto went to trial a week ago.

As a school groundskeeper, Johnson used Roundup large quantities from a 50-gallon tank attached to a truck.  Johnson read the label carefully and even contacted the company after developing a rash, but he was never warned it could cause cancer. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2014 at the age of 42.

The trial is expected to last about a month. Johnson is seeking unspecified damages against Monsanto.

If it loses this battle, Monsanto and its new corporate parent, German chemical giant Bayer, which closed its $60 billion acquisition earlier this month, could face billions in lost revenue. Monsanto doesn’t break out sales of glyphosate, Roundup delivered $4.8 billion in revenue in 2015. In its latest fiscal year, Monsanto cited higher global sales of glyphosate for helping lift total revenue by 8 percent.

The outcome of Johnson’s case will not affect the hundreds of other lawsuits in state and federal courts, but it may serve as an indicator of how the others might go.

Glyphosate was developed and used by Monsanto beginning in the 1970s, and the weed killer is now sold in more than 160 countries. Farmers in California, the most agriculturally productive state in the U.S., use it on more than 200 types of crops. Homeowners use it on their lawns and gardens.

The herbicide came under increasing scrutiny after the France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization, classified it as a “probable human carcinogen” in 2015.

A flurry of lawsuits against Monsanto in federal and state courts followed, and California added glyphosate to its list of chemicals known to cause cancer. Monsanto has attacked the international research agency’s opinion as an outlier.

Once again, we see a corporate giant attempting to deny science in order to protect their bottom line.  The lawsuit in state court in California and federal lawsuits filed in the MDL will seek to protect citizens from harmful chemicals.


Photo Attribution: Roundup, weed killer Monsanto, 4/2016, by Mike Mozart of TheToyChannel and JeepersMedia on YouTube

Feds to Investigate USC’s Handling of Dr. George Tyndall Complaints

The Feds are coming to the University of Southern California.  USC students who encountered former campus gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall can meet with a representative from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights on Wednesday, June 20. The civil rights office staff will hold office hours from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. atContinue Reading

Dr. George Tyndall and the USC Class Action Lawsuit

In May 2018, the Los Angeles Times reported on sexual misconduct allegations made against Dr. George Tyndall, a gynecologist who was employed at the student health center at the University of Southern California (USC) for close to 30 years. Dr. Tyndall, who resigned from USC in June 2017, stands accused of routinely engaging in sexualContinue Reading

FDA Relaxes Regulations on Medical Devices in Spite of Spike in Recalls

The first quarter of 2018 witnessed the largest increase in medical device recalls in more than a decade.  In spite of this the FDA has decided to lessen restrictions on certain medical devices. Prior to the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act in December 2016, industry experts had called on the regulatory agency toContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Purdue Pharma Knew About Opioid Abuse Potential Over 20 Years Ago

As early as 1996 Purdue Pharma had information suggesting that OxyContin was being abused. Yet the company continued to market the long-acting drug as a less addictive type of prescription opioid. This news was recently uncovered in a 120-page internal Justice Department report obtained by the New York Times and comes as our country continuesContinue Reading

George Pell, Harvey Weinstein, #Metoo and Sexual Abuse Statutes of Limitations

Harvey Weinstein was arrested last week on sexual assault charges in an incident that took place more than a decade ago. These charges against Weinstein couldn’t have been brought in many states that still impose a statute of limitations in cases of rape and sexual assault. Less than a month prior, Vatican treasurer Cardinal GeorgeContinue Reading

“The Bleeding Edge”—New Documentary Exposes the Medical Device Industry’s Lack of Regulation

How can a country with the most technologically advanced healthcare system in the world approve the sale and use of medical devices that haven’t even been tested for safety? This is precisely the issue “The Bleeding Edge”—a new documentary about the U.S.’s failure to regulate the medical device industry—attempts to uncover. One of the mostContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Medical Device Recalls Are at an All-Time High

2018 has seen more medical device recalls than any previous period.  There have been 343 device recalls in the first three months of the year, an increase of 126 percent over the last quarter of 2017, according to the report from data company Stericycle Expert Solutions. The increase in recalls is not limited to medicalContinue Reading

Jury Awards $35 Million in Punitive Damages in Transvaginal Mesh Case

A New Jersey jury has awarded a women $35 million in punitive damages over and above the $33 million awarded to her and her husband as compensation for the defective transvaginal mesh device. Mary McGinnis, 70, had the company’s mesh models named Avaulta Solo and Align TO implanted March 12, 2009, during surgery to treatContinue Reading

Joe Saunders to Perform with Tomkats at Beach Goes Pops

This Saturday, April 21st, Saunders & Walker Law Firm is sponsoring the 28th Annual Beach Goes Pops! The event will take place in gorgeous Pass-A-Grille, Florida. The Evening Entertainment will include our very own Joe Saunders’ Jazz Orchestra, the Tomkats, performing live alongside the night’s other musical acts, Alter Eagles and Peace of WoodStock! PurchaseContinue Reading

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