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

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More than 320 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. 

As of Nov. 20, 2017, the schedule for adjudication of the MDL litigation is:

Science Week – Live testimony from witnesses set for the week of March 5, 2018, with argument from counsel to take place during the week of March 12 or the week of March 19. Claims Construction Hearing set for 3/5/2018 through 3/9/2018 09:00 AM. Motion Hearing: MOTION for Summary Judgment and Daubert Motion on General Causation set for 3/5/2018 09:00 AM in Courtroom 4, 17th Floor, San Francisco before Judge Vince Chhabria.

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.