US judge allows lawsuits over Monsanto's Roundup to proceed to trial

Pearl Mccarthy
July 14, 2018

Chhabria is presiding over more than 400 of them.

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that expert witnesses can claim in court that Monsanto's Roundup weed killer causes cancer.

The company is facing hundreds of lawsuits in state and federal courts that claim otherwise.

The outcome of the trial could impact future cases as thousands of cancer patients have reportedly been exposed to Roundup.

Citing expert testimony from three doctors who spoke on plaintiffs' behalf, Chhabria wrote in his ruling, "the opinions of these experts, while shaky, are admissible". "We have sympathy for anyone suffering from cancer, but the science clearly shows that glyphosate was not the cause". The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded in September 2017 that the chemical is likely "not" carcinogenic to humans, provided it was used in accordance with label directions. The report noted that science reviews by numerous other countries had reached the same conclusion.

But serious doubts remain as the World Health Organization in 2015 classified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans".

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Monsanto introduced glyphosate in the market in the 1970s. Farmers in California, the most agriculturally productive state in the US, use it on more than 200 types of crops. As a result, the European Union relicensed its use for gardens and farms earlier this year.

In its defense, Monsanto said the allegations were not true.

However, Monsanto said there's no evidence of a connection between their product and cancer. The company asserted there are more than 800 scientific studies that can back up their position. Monsanto is a unit of Bayer AG. At times, when the wind was strong, the chemical would cover Johnson's face. When a hose broke once, it soaked his entire body.

The company Monsanto faces 5,000 lawsuits across America as it's alleged that one of their products, Roundup - which is still sold in the United Kingdom - can cause cancer. He was never warned that the weed killer was harmful. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2014 at the age of 42.

George Lombardi, an attorney for Monsanto, said non-Hodgkin's lymphoma takes years to develop, so Johnson's cancer started well before he began working at the school district.

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