Dark Day – Lawyers and Jurors Get a Break

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Jury members and legal counsel for the parties in Hardeman V. Monsanto were taking a break on Thursday as Judge Vince Chhabria handles other calendar items, including a motion in a separate lawsuit against Monsanto.

The trial resumes Friday morning, with closing arguments expected by the middle of next week.

With the day off today, attorneys for plaintiff Edwin Hardeman celebrated their first-phase trial victory Wednesday night. The week-long wait for the verdict finding that Monsanto’s Roundup caused Hardeman’s cancer had rattled their nerves.

Officials with Monsanto owner Bayer AG had little to celebrate after the jury verdict further eroded investor confidence, pushing share prices lower. The company’s shares already took a huge hit in August after the jury in the first Roundup cancer trial found that the company’s herbicides caused cancer.

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