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Judge Upholds Landmark Monsanto Verdict But Slashes Plaintiff’s Award

A California judge pared down a $289 million judgment against Bayer’s Monsanto in a landmark case brought by a terminally ill man allegedly sickened by Roundup herbicide, but upheld the jury’s findings that the agrochemical giant acted with malice. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos said that the $250 million in punitive damages the jury ordered Monsanto to pay plaintiff Dewayne Johnson must be brought in line with the $39.25 million in compensatory damages the jurors thought was suitable. The judge’s 11-page ruling, released Oct. 22, stated that “regardless of the level of reprehensibility of Monsanto’s conduct, the ... Read More

Perth public health officials call for investigation into Roundup risks

Public health officials in Perth have joined Cancer Council Australia’s push for a new investigation into glyphosate, the key ingredient in the herbicide Roundup. The move comes just two months after a United States jury slapped Monsanto with $289 million in damages after finding that the company’s Roundup contributed to a school groundskeeper’s terminal blood cancer. In 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans,” based in part on evidence of non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnoses in humans exposed to the chemical mostly from agricultural means in the United States, Canada and ... Read More

Roundup may be killing bee populations worldwide

The popular-yet-controversial weed killer Roundup, blamed for causing users to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma, may also be partly responsible for killing bees around the world, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin. Roundup was introduced by Monsanto in the 1970s, and is now the most used herbicide in the world. It contains the active ingredient glyphosate, which in 2015 the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) listed as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Monsanto has never warned consumers of this risk nor has it placed warnings on the product’s labels. According ... Read More

SoCalGas sued for exposing firefighters to toxic chemicals

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) knowingly exposed Los Angeles firefighters to cancer-causing chemicals while they were assisting Porter Ranch residents following the October 2015 Aliso Canyon gas leak, according to a 56-page complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The lawsuit, filed by more than two dozen Los Angeles firefighters, alleges that the Aliso Canyon gas leak – the largest methane leak in U.S. history – released toxic amounts of carcinogens like benzene and formaldehyde into a neighboring community. Residents in the area became sick and many opted to evacuate. Firefighters who responded to the scene say they suffered ... Read More

Crops regularly doused with controversial herbicide Roundup

Autumn is the season of harvest. But what many people don’t realize is that much of the produce in North America is doused with the herbicide Roundup, which contains glyphosate, the controversial active ingredient that has been linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Monsanto introduced Roundup four decades ago. It is now the most widely used weed killer in the world among farmers, groundskeepers, landscapers, horticulturalists, and even home gardeners. Glyphosate is sprayed directly on GMO (genetically modified organism) crops like corn and soybeans because they are genetically engineered to be resistant to the chemical. But it is also used on non-GMO ... Read More

Company has duty to worker’s family sickened by secondary asbestos exposure

Companies of workers exposed to asbestos owe a duty to their workers’ family members who face asbestos exposure through their loved one’s asbestos-covered clothing, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled, siding with plaintiff Wesley Quisenberry who sued Huntington Ingalls Inc. Senior Justice Le Roy Millette, Jr., likened Quisenberry’s situation to a farmer whose cows wander onto a roadway, or a company that dumps toxic chemicals into a body of water. Through their actions, both the farmer and the company created a recognizable risk to people even if no interaction between the parties ever occurred. Wesley Quisenberry filed the lawsuit against Huntingdon ... Read More

Some Arkansas Farmers Using Monsanto Dicamba Despite Ban

Monsanto’s Dicamba herbicide is turning the fields of Eastern Arkansas into a battleground, pitting farmer against farmer and creating a giant toxic problem for anyone downwind of the weed-killer spray. These Arkansas agri-battles are the newest farming fiasco stirred up by Monsanto, the Bayer-owner manufacturer of other notorious herbicides such as Roundup, Ranger Pro, and Agent Orange. Last year, Monsanto introduced new varieties of soybean and cotton that it had genetically modified to resist dicamba and pedaled these latest GMO crops to Arkansas farmers as a cheap and easy way to grow soybeans. Monsanto created this new line of herbicide-resistant ... Read More

Expedited trial sought for elderly couple alleging Roundup caused cancer

Attorneys for an elderly couple alleging Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup gave them both cancer asked a California judge to expedite their trial date, arguing that the longer the couple waits, the more unlikely they will be to participate in their own trial due to the “chemo brain” effects of their treatment, according to Law360. The lawsuit involves the case of Alva Pilliod, 76, and Alberta Pilliod, 74, who are fighting to have their case tried before Feb. 8 due to their advanced age and failing health. If a speedier trial is granted, the Pilliod’s trial could be the second of ... Read More

Monsanto Papers reveal company’s knowledge of Roundup cancer risk

Millions of internal documents from Monsanto – known as the Monsanto Papers – were released as part of lawsuits against the company involving claims that the active ingredient glyphosate in its herbicide Roundup causes cancer, specifically non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and that the company knew of the risks but failed to warn consumers, including those regularly exposed to the product while working as groundskeepers, landscapers, and horticulturalists. Monsanto has repeatedly said that its weed killers are safe, despite the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2015 classifying glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Here is what the ... Read More

Australia cancer group calls for review of Roundup due to cancer concerns

Cancer Council Australia is calling for an independent review into the popular herbicide Roundup to validate its link to non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The country’s lead cancer group referenced the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which in 2015 classified Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” “We are concerned that this issue’s not being taken seriously enough in Australia, particularly by the agricultural industry,” said Cancer Council Australia CEO Dr. Sanchia Aranda. Glyphosate was introduced 40 years ago, and has since become a top-selling weed killer for farmers, horticulturalists, groundskeepers and home gardeners around the ... Read More