More than 200 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.
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.
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.
Documents obtained by USRTK offer a rare look into the secrets of food and chemical corporations
Since 2015, U.S. Right to Know, a nonprofit consumer and public health watchdog group, has obtained thousands of pages of documents revealing – for the first time – hidden industry payments and secret collaborations that undermine our nation’s scientific, academic, political and regulatory institutions.
The USRTK investigations have unearthed important documents about Monsanto and the agrichemical industry and Coca-Cola and the beverage industry — along with the PR operatives, front groups and third-party allies that assist these industries. Together, these documents demonstrate the strategies and tactics these organizations employ to maximize industry profits at the expense of public health.
Here are some of key findings and articles from the USRTK investigations so far.
Undisclosed collaborations between academics and the agrichemical industry:
- New York Times: Food Industry Enlisted Academics in G.M.O. Lobbying War, Emails Show, by Eric Lipton (9.5.2015) and see email archive
- New York Times: Scientists, Give Up Your Emails, by Paul Thacker (1.9.2016)
- Boston Globe: Harvard Professor Failed to Disclose Monsanto Connection in Paper Touting GMOs, by Laura Krantz (10.1.2015)
- CBC: University of Saskatchewan Prof Under Fire for Monsanto Ties, by Jason Warick (5.7.2017)
- CBC: U of S Defends Prof’s Monsanto Ties, But Some Faculty Disagree, by Jason Warick (5.10.2017)
- Sacramento Bee: Watchdog Group Sues to Force UC Davis to Turn Over Public Records,” by Diana Lambert (8.19.2016)
- Bloomberg: How Monsanto Mobilized Academics to Pen Articles Supporting GMOs, by Jack Kaskey (10.2.2015)
- Mother Jones: These Emails Show Monsanto Leaning on Professors to Fight the GMO PR War, by Tom Philpott (10.2.2015)
- WBEZ: Why Didn’t an Illinois Professor Have to Disclose GMO Funding, by Monica Eng (3.15.2016)
- Nature Biotechnology: Standing Up for Transparency, by Stacy Malkan (1.8.2016)
- Mic: Leaked email reveals dietician’s murky relationship with Monsanto, by Alex Orlov (3.22.2017)
- Global News: Documents Reveal Canadian Teenager Target of GMO Lobby, by Allison Vuchnich (12.21.2015)
- Los Angeles Times: In Science, Follow the Money – If You Can, by Paul Thacker and Curt Furberg (5.12.2016)
- Saskatoon Star Phoenix: Group Questions U of S Prof’s Monsanto Link, by Jason Warick (10.3.2015)
- Huffington Post: Monsanto’s Fingerprint All Over ‘Academics Review’ Attack on Organic, by Stacy Malkan (6.30.2016)
- FAIR: Reuters vs. UN Cancer Agency: Are Corporate ties Influencing Science Coverage? by Stacy Malkan (7.24.2017)
- EcoWatch: Internal EPA Docs Show Scramble for Data on Monsanto’s Roundup
- Huffington Post: New Monsanto Papers Add to Questions of Regulatory Collusion, Scientific Mischief
- Ralph Nader: Monsanto and its Promoters vs. Freedom of Information (10.2.2016)
Corporate influence on journalists, science and regulatory institutions:
- New York Times: New C.D.C. Chief Saw Coca-Cola as Ally in Obesity Fight, by Sheila Kaplan (7.22.2017)
- BMJ: Coca-Cola’s secret influence on medical and science journalists, by Paul Thacker (5.2017) and author’s note
- BMJ: Conflicts of interest compromise US public health agency’s mission, say scientists,” by Jeanne Lenzer (10.2016)
- The Guardian: UN/WHO Panel in Conflict of Interest Row over Glyphosate Cancer Risk,” by Arthur Neslen (5.17.2016)
- The Progressive: Flacking for GMOs: How the Biotech Industry Cultivates Positive Media — and Discourages Criticism, by Paul Thacker (7.11.17)
- The Intercept: Trump’s New CDC Chief Championed Partnership with Coca-Cola to Solve Childhood Obesity, by Lee Fang (7.8.17)
- Le Monde: «Monsanto papers»: la guerre du géant des pesticides contre la science, by Stéphane Foucart and Stéphane Horel (6.1.2017)
- Le Monde: «Monsanto Papers»: la bataille de l’information by Stéphane Foucart and Stéphane Horel (6.2.2017)
- The Guardian: Before you read another health study, check who’s funding the research, by Alison Moodie (12.12.2016)
- STAT: Disney, Fearing a Scandal, Tries to Press Journal to Withdraw Research Paper, by Sheila Kaplan (4.8.2016)
- The Intercept: Jeb Bush Campaign Manager Helped Big Pharma Beat Back Anti-Meth Lab Legislation, by Lee Fang (9.22.2015)
- San Diego Union Tribune: UCSD hires Coke-funded health researcher, by Morgan Cook (9.29.2016)
- Le Monde: La discrète influence de Monsanto, by Stéphane Foucart (11.7.2016)
- Forbes: Trump’s New CDC Pick Boosts Agency’s Ties to Coca Cola, by Rob Waters (7.10.2017)
- Forbes: The Coca-Cola Network: Soda Giant Mines Connections with Officials and Scientists to Wield Influence, by Rob Waters (7.11.2017)
- The Hill: What is Going On at the CDC? Health Agency Needs Scrutiny, by Carey Gillam (8.27.2016)
- Huffington Post: More Coca-Cola Ties Seen Inside US Centers for Disease Control,” by Carey Gillam (8.1.2016)
- Huffington Post: CDC Official Exits After Coca-Cola Connections Come to Light,” by Carey Gillam (7.1.2016)
- Huffington Post: Beverage Industry Finds Friend Inside U.S. Health Agency, by Carey Gillam (6.29.2016)
- Huffington Post: Keith Kloor’s Endearing Love Affair with GMOs, by Paul Thacker (7.19.17)
- Die Zeit: Glyphosat: Möglicher Interessenskonflikt bei Pflanzenschutzmittel-Bewertung, by Michael Stürzenhofecker (5.18.2016)
- ARD: Experten werfen Fachgremium Wirtschaftsnähe vor (pdf) (5.31.2016)
- FAIR: Media take diet advice from Coke-funded academics, by Stacy Malkan (12.17.2015)
- FAIR: Buckraking on the Food Beat: When is it a Conflict of Interest? by Stacy Malkan (10.28.2015)
Breaking news about chemicals in our food:
This fall, Island Press will publish Carey Gillam’s book on glyphosate, titled Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science.
USRTK is also posting the “Monsanto Papers” on our website, including court documents, news and analysis of the litigation against Monsanto by people alleging that exposure to Roundup herbicide caused them or their loved ones to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Third-party messengers/front groups that lobby and write propaganda for the food and chemical corporations:
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