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Bayer asks judge to split second Roundup bellwether into two phases

A California judge is considering splitting into two parts the second bellwether trial in a lawsuit blaming an ingredient in the weed killer Roundup for causing cancer, in the same fashion a different judge did for the first bellwether. The first phase would focus on whether the ingredient glyphosate caused the plaintiff’s cancer and, if so, the second phase proceeds to determine Bayer/Monsanto’s liability. Lawyers for Bayer AG’s unit Monsanto asked California Superior Court Judge Winifred Smith to split the trial in the case of Alva and Alberta Pilliod, a husband and wife who allege each of them developed non-Hodgkin ... Read More

Activists allege EU used Monsanto-funded studies to approve Roundup use

A key study used to show the safety of Monsanto’s glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup to persuade the European Union to approve its use may have been plagiarized in part from Monsanto-funded studies, an alliance of activists alleged. Green members claim that they found “clear evidence” of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)’s “deliberate pretense of an independent assessment, whereas in reality the authority was only echoing the industry applicants’ assessment.” The German regulator issued reports in 2014 and 2015 concluding that available data didn’t show that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, was carcinogenic. However, in 2015, the ... Read More

Bayer’s Roundup woes are becoming toxic

Bayer AG continues to fight claims that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup, causes cancer. But one thing not up for debate: Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto last June has been toxic to the German multinational company. According to Spiegel Online, Bayer is desperately working to salvage its business by selling off business divisions and laying off employees. Bayer AG’s leader, Bayer CEO Werner Baumann stands by his company’s decision to buy the agribusiness giant, saying he would buy it again “without any ifs, ands or buts.” The herbicide has been around since the 1970s and is the ... Read More

French journalist calls glyphosate ‘most toxic product ever invented by man’

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup, is “The most toxic product ever invented by man,” French TV journalist and documentary filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin told France24. The producer of the award winning 2008 documentary The World According to Monsanto made the assertion this week, during the same month that France’s ban on weed killers in household gardens across the country goes into effect. The ban prohibits households from stocking or using the chemical compounds due to the danger they pose to the environment. However, industrial use is still permitted. Monsanto introduced glyphosate in the herbicide Roundup in 1974. Years later, ... Read More

Roundup chemical glyphosate found in California wines

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup that was recently blamed for causing a school groundskeeper’s terminal cancer, was found in a sampling of California wines. Roundup was introduced in 1974 and has since been used liberally on crops around the world, including California. As a result, traces of the herbicide have been found in cereals, granola bars, instant oats and other breakfast products. Many wine producers in California also use the weed killer on their grapes, so the presence of glyphosate in wine is not out of the question. Microbe Infotech Lab of St. Louis, Missouri tested a ... Read More

Monsanto tries to skirt bellwether trials in Roundup MDL

A scant six weeks before the first bellwether case goes to trial alleging Monsanto failed to warn consumers that its weed killer Roundup contains an ingredient that has been linked to cancer, the company told the California federal judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation (MDL) that consumers’ failure to warn claims are preempted by federal insecticide law. Citing the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, attorneys for Monsanto filed a motion for summary judgement claiming that the company cannot change its labeling or the formulation of its weed killer without approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Monsanto’s attorneys further argued ... Read More

First Roundup trial in MDL will be split into two phases

The first three bellwether trials in a multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California blaming an ingredient in the weed killer Roundup for causing cancer will be split into two phases. The first phase of the trials will focus on whether the ingredient glyphosate caused the plaintiffs’ cancer and, if so, the second phase will proceed to determine Bayer’s liability. The order was handed down by U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, granting a request by Bayer to separate the issues in the case of Edwin Hardeman. The order will apply to Hardeman’s bellwether trial, ... Read More

Bayer to lay off 12,000 employees, including a third in Monsanto division

Agra Pharma giant Bayer AG, which acquired Monsanto in June 2018, will lay off about 12,000 employees in the New Year, most of which will take place in Germany where the company is based. A third of those layoffs are expected to be in the Monsanto plant science division. The announcement was made in late November, just months after a California jury awarded $289 million to a school groundskeeper who sued Monsanto alleging exposure to the company’s Roundup weed killer contributed to his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis. The award was later reduced to $78 million. Since then, Bayer’s stock has tumbled. ... Read More

Lawsuit knocks Kellogg for not disclosing its breakfast foods contain glyphosate

California resident Mason Kein is leading a group of angry consumers in a proposed class action lawsuit against Kellogg Co. for selling breakfast foods without revealing that they contain a possible cancer-causing chemical. Kein told the Southern District of California that testing by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group revealed that Kellogg Co.’s strawberry Nutrigrain Soft Baked Breakfast Bars and Cracklin’ Oat Bran cereal contain the herbicide glyphosate, a chemical deemed a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Glyphosate is the same chemical found in Monsanto’s Roundup, the controversial weed killer that was ... Read More

Roundup users sue Monsanto over cancer diagnoses

Bayer AG, which acquired agri-giant Monsanto in June, posted more than 300 studies on the safety of glyphosate, the active ingredient in its widely used weed killer Roundup. The move comes four months after the company was hit with a $289 million verdict in a landmark trial brought by a school groundskeeper who alleged his exposure to the herbicide contributed to his terminal non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis. (The award was later reduced to $78 million.) The studies were posted to mark the first anniversary of Bayer’s “Transparency Initiative,” a major PR campaign designed to “enhance trust in the science behind crop ... Read More