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

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More than 370 lawsuits are 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 under Judge Vince Chhabria. The lead case is 3:16-md-02741-VC. Additionally, thousands of other plaintiffs have made similar claims against Monsanto in state courts. Plaintiffs’ attorneys estimate the total number of plaintiffs at approximately 3,500. The first trial in the Roundup litigation is set for June 18, 2018 in the Superior Court for the County of San Francisco. 

On March 13th, 2017, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria ruled — over Monsanto’s objections — that certain documents obtained by plaintiffs through discovery could be unsealed. The documents listed below include discovery materials, transcripts of court proceedings, depositions and other case-related items. 

The schedule for adjudication of the MDL litigation included:

Science Week – Live testimony from witnesses held the week of March 5-9, 2018, with oral arguments from counsel taking place March 14.  See transcript from that hearing. And watch video from hearings.

Follow Tweets from Courtroom @careygillam and read the blog posts from the hearing here.

A joint committee of the European Parliament held a hearing into the revelations contained in the discovery documents obtained through the MDL litigation on Oct. 11. The agenda can be seen here. More details are here and available here.