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

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More than 265 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, at least 1,100 plaintiffs have made similar claims against Monsanto in state courts. 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, 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 July 3, 2017, the schedule for adjudication of the MDL litigation is:
Close of Expert Discovery due by 9/22/2017.
Defendant’s Summary Judgment and Daubert Motions due by 10/6/2017.
Plaintiffs’ Cross Motions and opposition due by 10/27/2017.
Science Week – Live testimony from witnesses set for 12/11/2017 through 12/14/2017 09:00 AM.
Summary Judgment and Daubert Hearing set for 12/15/2017 09:00 AM.

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.