Plaintiff’s story convinced jury of glyphosate-cancer link, but other courts may rule the herbicide is safe

Monsanto in Another Huge Lawsuit for Lying About Roundup Cancer Link
Credit: Dr. Leonard Coldwell

Despite a San Francisco jury’s verdict [August 10th] that the cancer …. of a Bay Area school groundskeeper was caused by a widely used Monsanto herbicide, there will not be warning labels on the company’s …. weed-killing products [in California] any time soon.

That’s because a federal judge …. has prohibited California from requiring the warnings under the state’s Proposition 65 law after concluding that a “heavy weight of evidence” showed the herbicide, glyphosate, was safe.

[T]he San Francisco trial was about a human being …. whose life may have been drastically shortened by his years applying [glyphosate] …. Jurors heard [Dewayne] Johnson testify about his exposure to the herbicide and his phone calls on a Monsanto hotline pleading for an explanation of his symptoms ….

Related article:  Scientist who found no glyphosate in breast milk faced anti-pesticide activist attacks

[T]o require Monsanto to add cancer warnings to the labels [U.S. District Judge William Shubb] would have had to find that the warnings were “purely factual and uncontroversial ….” the government violates the First Amendment by requiring businesses to warn consumers about their products or services, unless there is no serious factual dispute about the content of the warnings.

“[T]he jury was allowed to believe one set of experts over the other,” said [David] Levine, [a law professor at UC Hastings in San Francisco] …. A different jury could have found differently ….”

Read full, original article: Despite verdict, courts will differ on Monsanto’s herbicide

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