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Monsanto appeals multimillion-dollar Roundup verdict

Monsanto is appealing a multimillion-dollar verdict blaming its weed killers Roundup and Ranger Pro for causing a school groundskeeper’s terminal cancer. The notice of appeal was filed in San Francisco Superior Court challenging a California jury’s unanimous decision. In the landmark trial, the jury found that DeWayne “Lee” Johnson’s regular use of Roundup and Ranger Pro while working on school campuses contributed to his non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis. The jury awarded Johnson $289 million in damages, but last month, Judge Suzanne Bolanos reduced the award to $78 million. Johnson claimed that studies showed that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and ... Read More

Organic farming is free from probable carcinogen glyphosate

Organic farming practices yield better ethical results, but there are also major health and environmental benefits. Organic foods often have more beneficial nutrients like antioxidants, vitamin C, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, and contain fewer chemicals that can pose health risks. Despite these benefits, most farming in the United States is not organic. That’s because the herbicide Roundup has made itself essential to commercial farmers. The main ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, a chemical Monsanto patented in 1974. It effectively killed unwanted weeds in crops. A few years later, Monsanto genetically modified seeds to be resistant to glyphosate. Crops could then ... Read More

FDA approves first biosimilar treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first biosimilar for the treatment of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. A biosimilar is a medication that is similar to a biologic, which is a medicine made from living cells through a highly complex and carefully monitored manufacturing process. Truxima (rituximab-abbs) is a biosimilar to Rituxan (rituximab) and is designed to treat adults with CD20-positive, B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), a common subtype of NHL. It can be used as a single agent or in combination with chemotherapy. NHL refers to a group of cancers of the lymphatic system. These types of cancers can form anywhere ... Read More

Dying man requests expedited Roundup trial date

A man who last month was given a “devastating diagnosis” of having less than six months to live asked a California judge to expedite his case against Monsanto, maker of the weed killer he claims made him sick. But Monsanto’s lawyers said the man’s terminal diagnosis is not grounds for moving up his trial date. Instead, he should be deposed, they said. Emmanuel Richard Giglio is one of several people in a multidistrict litigation blaming Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro pesticides for their non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnoses. They claim the active ingredient in the weed killers – glyphosate – is the ... Read More

Judge grants expedited Roundup trial to sick, elderly couple

Alameda Superior Court Judge Ioana Petrou granted a request by an elderly couple for an expedited trial date for their case alleging Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro herbicides caused each of them to develop cancer. The judge reasoned that the serious nature of their diseases and advanced age justified moving their trial date up to March 18. Alva Pilliod, 76, and Alberta Pilliod, were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2011 and 2015, respectively. Both are currently in remission but both face several health issues. Alva, for example, has had multiple seizures and Alberta has frequent dizzy spells and double vision. ... Read More

Bayer to defend Roundup cancer claims ‘by every means available’

Bayer AG, which acquired Monsanto earlier this year, promised to defend itself “by every means available,” against mounting lawsuits that allege Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup causes cancer. Bayer Chief Executive Officer Werner Baumann made the promise last month after a California state judge upheld a jury’s verdict that the herbicide’s active ingredient glyphosate contributed to a school groundskeeper’s terminal non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis. Bayer’s $63 billion acquisition of Monsanto Co., boosted the company’s crop science division by 84 percent last quarter, and its adjusted earnings increased about $2.47 billion, beating analysts’ estimates. Baumann says it fully expects the company to meet ... Read More

Some farmers cautious about Roundup after multimillion-dollar verdict

Some Missouri farmers are taking more precautions while using the herbicide Roundup since a California jury awarded a school groundskeeper $289 million after finding that the weed killer contributed to his terminal cancer diagnosis. Some privately told KCTV5 that for decades they believed Roundup was as safe as table salt so they didn’t take precautions. Farmer Jeff Nail says he now wears long sleeves and gloves when he treats his fields. “I’ve been soaked a lot on accident,” he said. “But, if you use it, according to the label, there is no risk of cancer. That’s according to the EPA.” ... Read More

Germany to ban use of glyphosate-containing weed killers

Germany is limiting the use of weed killers that contain the chemical glyphosate with a goal of ending use of the products in the near future amid fears that glyphosate may cause cancer in those exposed to the chemical, Environmental Minister Svenja Schulze said. The environmental ministry will also demand new nature conservation requirements for the approval process of herbicides because, Schulze said, “If other perhaps more damaging pesticides are used instead of glyphosate, the environmental won’t be any better off.” Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, one of the most commonly used herbicides in the world. Roundup is ... Read More

Bayer CEO says he would consider settling Roundup lawsuits

Bayer AG CEO Werner Baumann said the company might consider settling lawsuits alleging Monsanto’s glyphosate-containing weed killers cause cancer if court costs rise, but emphasized that Bayer’s priority was defending itself against the claims. Bayer acquired Monsanto earlier this year for $63 billion. The company faces more than 8,700 lawsuits alleging its herbicides that contain the active ingredient glyphosate like Roundup and Ranger Pro cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In August, a California jury awarded $289 million to a school groundskeeper who sued the company after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. “If we can settle nuisances at some point where the ... Read More

Judge discourages individual screenings of potential Roundup jurors

Monsanto shouldn’t individually screen jurors “as if it were a death penalty case,” for two upcoming bellwether trials involving consumer claims that its herbicide Roundup caused their cancer, a California judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation (MDL) said. Instead, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria suggested that the parties screen a pool of about 500 potential jurors to see if they were able to commit about a month of their time to sit for the trials, and that the parties come up with questions that the court could send the potential jurors before questioning them as a group. Attorneys for Monsanto raised ... Read More