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

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An estimated 9,300 plaintiffs are suing Monsanto, which in 2018 became a unit of Bayer AG. The lawsuits have beenfiled by people alleging that exposure to Roundup herbicide and other Monsanto glyphosate-based herbicides caused them or their loved ones to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and that Monsanto covered up and failed to warn of the risks.As part of the discovery process, Monsanto has had to turn over over millions of pages of its internal records and communications to plaintiffs’ attorneys. These “Monsanto Papers” are contained within the records below.Upcoming trial tidbits can be found on the Trial Tracker page.

FEDERAL COURT – There are 580 lawsuitspending against Monsanto Co. in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. The cases have been combined for handling as multidistrict litigation (MDL) under Judge Vince Chhabria.The lead case is3:16-md-02741-VC. The first trial in the federal court is set for Feb. 25, 2019. See pretrial order and documents below.

STATE LITIGATION: Several thousand plaintiffs have made similar claims against Monsanto in state courts. The first trial in the Roundup litigationstarted June 18, 2018in 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.
* Additional cases are set for trial in 2019. Many are filed in St. Louis, Missouri.The next case currently set for trial isRONALD PETERSON and JEFF HALL V. Monsanto.The trial date is Feb. 5, 2019.
* Plaintiffs in a case in Montana are seeking an expedited trial. The case is Cazier v. Monsanto.Montana Eighteenth Judicial District Court Gallatin CountyCause No. DV 17-883C
* An additional case of interest is Pilliod V. Monsanto filed in Alameda County Superior Court in California. The plaintiffs are married and both have non-Hodgkin lymphoma. They are seeking a trial date this December. A hearing on their request for an expedited trial is set for Nov. 7 at 9 a.m.