FEDERAL COURT – There are 580 lawsuits pending against Monsanto Co. 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 cases have been combined for handling as multidistrict litigation (MDL) under Judge Vince Chhabria. The lead case is 3:16-md-02741-VC. The first trial in the federal court is set for Feb. 25, 2019. See pretrial order and documents below.
STATE LITIGATION: An estimated 8,000 other plaintiffs have made similar claims against Monsanto in state courts. The first trial in the Roundup litigation started June 18, 2018 in the Superior Court for the County of San Francisco. The trial concluded on Aug. 10 with the jury ordering Monsanto to pay $289.25 million in damages, including $250 million in punitive damages to plaintiff DeWayne “Lee” Johnson’. The judge in the case reduced the punitive damages to $39 million in an order dated Oct. 22, 2018. Documents pertaining to that case as well as others are also included below in the middle column. * Link to video of the reading of the verdict in San Francisco.