The Monsanto Papers: MDL Glyphosate Cancer Case Key Documents & Analysis

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More than 50 lawsuits against Monsanto Co. are pending in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, filed by people alleging that exposure to Roundup herbicide caused them or their loved ones to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and that Monsanto covered up the risks. The lead case is 3:16-md-02741-VC.

On March 13th, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria ruled — over Monsanto’s objections — that documents obtained by plaintiffs through discovery could be unsealed.

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Pretrial order no. 24: modified schedule for general causation phase (2 pages) (5.26.17)
— Monsanto supplement to May 22, 2017 discovery letter (1 page) (5.26.17)
Plaintiffs’ supplement to May 22, 2017 discovery letter (2 pages) (5.26.17)
— Letter on dispute over renal tissue slides from Study BDN-77-420 and schedule (5 pages) (5.22.17)
— Plaintiffs’ opposition to continuance of hearing date for plaintiffs’ remand motion (5 pages) (5.19.17)
— Monsanto motion to continue unilaterally-noticed hearing date for plaintiffs’ remand motion (5 pages) (5.18.17)
— Bio/dynamics kidney slide memo to pathologist regarding glyphosate feeding study in mice (3 pages) (5.16.17)
— Memo from Monsanto’s George Levinskas on kidney tumors (2 pages) (5.16.17)
— Pretrial orders on motions to compel production and additional testimony (2 pages) (5.15.17)
— Plaintiffs’ reply in support of remand (14 pages) (5.12.17)
— Declaration of Pedram Esfandiary in support of reply and request for attorney fees and associated costs (4 pages) (5.12.17)
— Plaintiffs’ reply in further support of motion to compel responses from Jess Rowland (9 pages) (5.10.17)
— Plaintiffs’ reply in further support of motion to compel slides of kidney tissue from mice in study BDN-77-420 (10 pages) (5.10.17)
— Monsanto motion to strike and response re: plaintiffs’ 4/28/17 motion to file under seal (5 pages) (5.10.17)
— Email from plaintiffs re: deposition of Jess Rowland (3 pages) (5.9.17)
— Jess Rowland’s opposition to motion to compel responses from Jess Rowland (23 pages) (5.9.17)
— Jess Rowland’s motion to file under seal (3 pages) (5.9.17)
— Monsanto motion to strike and response re: administrative motion to file under seal (4 pages) (5.5.17)
— Monsanto’s opposition to motion to compel slides of kidney tissue from mice in study BDN-77-420 (10 pages) (5.5.17)
— Declaration of Jess Rowland’s lawyer regarding motion to file under seal (6 pages) (5.2.17)
— Monsanto’s answer to plaintiffs’ complaint (26 pages) (5.2.17)
— Goodbred v. Monsanto amended complaint (41 pages) (5.2.17)
Order denying Monsanto motion to increase page limit (1 page) (5.2.17)
— Pretrial order no. 20: denying motion to de-designate Heydens deposition (2 pages) (5.1.17)
Pretrial order no. 22: Jameson and Ross depositions (1 page) (5.1.17)
— Plaintiffs’ arguments over duration of Jameson & Ross depositions (2 pages) (5.1.17)
— Monsanto letter on Jameson & Ross depositions (3 pages) (5.1.17)
Monsanto’s motion to increase page limit for opposition to plaintiffs remand motion (3 pages) (5.1.17)
— Monsanto’s motion to strike plaintiffs’ reply exhibit 1 and unredacted version of reply (4 pages) (4.28.17)
— Plaintiffs’ motion to compel responses from deponent Jesudoss Rowland (11 pages) (4.28.17)
— Judge Chhabria orders Jess Rowland to answer questions about his post-EPA work (1 page) (4.24.17)
— Plaintiffs request for hearing to address Jess Rowland’s refusal to answer questions (2 pages) (4.24.17)
— Plaintiffs motion to compel the production of all original and re-cut slides of kidney tissue from mice in study BDN-77-420 (8 pages) (4.21.17)
Monsanto’s response to plaintiffs’ request for production of documents (14 pages) (4.21.17)
— Plaintiffs reply in support of motion to strike confidentiality of Heydens deposition (5 pages) (4.20.17)
— Judge Chhabria’s order on pretrial redaction of identifying information (1 page) (4.18.17)
Judge Chhabria’s order on additional discovery about IARC (1 page) (4.18.17)
— Monsanto letter on privacy of non-party individuals (6 pages) (4.14.17)
— Plaintiffs’ amended notice to take videotaped deposition of Jesudoss Rowland (3 page) (4.6.17)
— Plaintiffs: administrative motion to file under seal (25 pages) (4.6.17), see especially pp. 6-10
— Monsanto: discovery dispute (10 pages) (4.4.17)
— Monsanto Company’s answer to plaintiff’s complaint (31 pages) (3.24.17)
— Plaintiffs’ notice to take videotaped deposition of Jesudoss Rowland (4 pages) (3.23.17)
— Plaintiffs’ case management statement (28 pages), new documents unsealed (355 pages), key documents on p. 136, pp. 220-1 (3.16.15)
Jess Rowland documents unsealed (115 pages), key documents on pp. 99-102. (3.14.17)
— Documents unsealed (227 pages), key documents on pp. 203-4. (3.14.17)
Plaintiffs submission in response to pretrial order no. 8 (3.14.17)
— Judge Vince Chhabria’s ruling to unseal documents (3.13.17)
Plaintiffs’ reply in support of motion to compel deposition of Jess Rowland (2.27.17). Key document: Marion Copley letter on p. 11 (2.27.17)
Pretrial order no. 8: order requesting briefing re relevance of EPA and IARC (1.25.17)
Summary of ORD comments on OPP’s glyphosate cancer assessment (12.14.15)

Reporting and analysis on MDL Monsanto glyphosate cancer case

EFSA dismissed glyphosate cancer study after unsupported ‘viral infection’ slur by ex-EPA official, by Claire Robinson (Ecologist) (5.25.17)
— EU declares Monsanto weedkiller safe after intervention from controversial US official, by Arthur Neslen (Guardian) (5.24.17)
— US court documents show Monsanto manager led cancer cover up for glyphosate and PCBs (Sustainable Pulse) (5.19.17)
— Judge sides with ex-EPA employee in Monsanto cancer suit, by Tiffany Stecker and Robert Burnson (Bloomberg BNA) (5.17.17)
Patients: Roundup gave us cancer as EPA official helped the company, by Holly Yan (CNN) (5.16.2017)
— Discussion on setting up of a special inquiry committee on the “Monsanto Papers” (MEPs Against Cancer) (5.9.17)
— Did Monsanto Hire Online Trolls to Attack Critics?  by Chris Crowley (Grub Street) (5.8.17)
— EU Weed Killer Evidence “Written by Monsanto,” by Vincent Harmsen (EU Observer) (5.2.17)
Monsanto Accused of Hiring Army of Trolls to Silence Online Dissent — Court Papers (RT) (5.2.17)
— E&C Dems Urge Walden to Investigate EPA’s Permitting of Toxic Chemicals (4.3.17)
— Inside the Academic Journal That Corporations Love, by Paul Thacker (Pacific Standard) (3.28.17)
Split Within EPA on Glyphosate Carcinogenicity, by Jennifer Sass (NRDC) (3.28.17)
Monsanto Knowingly Sold Human Carcinogen to Consumers (The Young Turks) (3.27.17)
— Letter on glyphosate from Members of the European Parliament to European Commission President Jean-Claude Junker (3.24.17)
“Monsanto Papers”: des eurodéputés veulent la révision de l’expertise du glyphosate, by Stéphane Foucart (Le Monde) (3.24.17)
— Roundup Lawsuits Raise Doubts About EPA’s Integrity, by Matthew Renda (Courthouse News) (3.20.17)
— Ce que les “Monsanto Papers” rélèvent du Roundup, by Stéphane Foucart (Le Monde) (3.18.17)
Monsanto Weed Killer Deserves Deeper Scrutiny As Scientific Manipulation Revealed, by Carey Gillam (Huffington Post/USRTK) (3.17.17)
Les experts européens blanchissent le glyphosate, by Stéphane Foucart (Le Monde) (3.16.17)
— Unsealed Documents Raise Questions on Monsanto Weed Killer, by Danny Hakim (New York Times) (3.15.17)
— Glyphosate: discorde à l’agence de protection de l’environnement américaine, by Stéphane Foucart (Le Monde) (3.14.17)
EPA Official Accused of Helping Monsanto “Kill” Cancer Study, by Joel Rosenblatt, Lydia Mulvany and Peter Waldman (Bloomberg) (3.14.17)
Monsanto Accused of Ghostwriting Papers on Roundup Cancer Risk, by Joel Rosenblatt (Bloomberg) (3.14.17)
Plaintiffs in U.S. Lawsuit Say Monsanto Ghostwrote Roundup Studies, by Brendan Pierson (Reuters) (3.14.17)
Monsanto did not ghostwrite the Williams et al. (2000) glyphosate paper (Monsanto blog) (3.14.17)
— Judge Threatens to Sanction Monsanto for Secrecy in Roundup Cancer Litigation, by Carey Gillam (Huffington Post/USRTK)) (3.10.17)
Monsanto Cancer Suits Turn to EPA Deputy’s “Suspicious” Role, by Joel Rosenblatt (Bloomberg) (2.27.17)
Questions Raised About EPA-Monsanto Collusion Raised in Cancer Lawsuits, by Carey Gillam (Huffington Post/USRTK) (2.13.17)
Monsanto, EPA Seek to Keep Talks About Glyphosate Cancer Review a Secret, by Carey Gillam (Huffington Post/USRTK) (1.18.17)