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Roundup (Glyphosate) Cancer Cases: Key Documents & Analysis

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More than 9,300 people have filed suit against Monsanto Company alleging that exposure to Roundup herbicide caused them or their loved ones to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and that Monsanto covered up the risks. As part of the discovery process, Monsanto has had to turn over millions of pages of its internal records. These “Monsanto Papers” are posted here. Follow updates in our Monsanto #RoundupTrial Tracker.

FEDERAL COURT documents – More than 660lawsuits are pending against Monsanto Co. in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. The cases have been combined for handling as multidistrict litigation (MDL) under Judge Vince Chhabria.The lead case is3:16-md-02741-VC and the first trial, the case of Edwin Hardeman V. Monsanto, is set for Feb. 25, 2019.

STATE COURT documents – An estimated 8,000 other plaintiffs have made similar claims against Monsanto in state courts. The first trial in the Roundup litigationstarted June 18, 2018in the Superior Court for the County of San Francisco. The trial concluded on Aug. 10 with thejury ruling that Monsanto’s weedkiller was a substantial contributing factor in causing DeWayne “Lee” Johnson’s cancer, and ordering Monsanto to pay $289.25 million in damages, including $250 million in punitive damages. The judge in the case reduced the punitive damages to $39 million in an order dated Oct. 22, 2018.Monsanto declared it would appeal and Johnson has cross appealed, seeking to reinstate the jury award. The appeal is filed in the California State Court of Appeals, case number A155940. See state court documents:

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