In a win for Monsanto following more than $2 billion in cancer-trial losses in California against the company’s popular weed killer Roundup, the federal judge overseeing nationwide litigation over the product said [May 22] Monsanto can choose where upcoming cases will be tried.
The tentative bench ruling by U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria could help Bayer AG-owned Monsanto win future cases by trying them in agricultural states where farmers heavily depend on the company’s glyphosate-based herbicides Roundup and Ranger Pro.
With roughly 13,400 cases pending in the multidistrict litigation in San Francisco, Chhabria had proposed sending them back to their home districts for trial in phases, starting with 16 cases filed in California. Cases filed in other states would be transferred in subsequent phases.
The proposal comes after a federal jury awarded plaintiff Ed Hardeman $80 million in the first bellwether trial before Chhabria in San Francisco in March. Hardeman claimed decades of Roundup use had caused his non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
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