U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said Monsanto’s attorneys “opened the door” to allowing the report by arguing that glyphosate is not genotoxic — meaning that it can’t cause genetic damage to human cells. The judge said Monsanto’s position is contradicted by its own internal report, which was produced by Dr. James M. Parry.
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The issue came up during a hearing for the bellwether trial, which began last week only to be paused momentarily for a sick juror, according to Law360. Plaintiff in the case, 70-year-old Ed Hardeman, claims that his use of Roundup on his 56-acre property in Santa Rosa, California, caused him to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The case is: Hardeman v. Monsanto Co. et al., case number 3:16-cv-00525.
Last August, a California jury found Monsanto liable in a similar lawsuit filed by a man alleging that Roundup caused his cancer and ordered the company to pay $289 million in damages, which was later slashed to $78 million.
In the Hardeman case, pathologist Dr. Dennis Weisenburger testified on Wednesday that he believed Roundup caused the plaintiff’s lymphoma, refuting an argument by Monsanto that the disease was a result of the man’s hepatitis C and age-related factors.
“If he was going to get lymphoma, he would have gotten it when he had the infection, not nine years after he was cured,” Weisenburger said.
The pathologist also said when Hardeman was cured of hepatitis in 2006, any cells damaged by the virus would have died off, rejecting Monsanto’s claims that his 2015 diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma was caused by the hepatitis.
In September 2016, a panel of judges consolidated all federal lawsuits alleging cancer from Roundup in a multidistrict litigation in California before Judge Chhabria. The complaints allege that Monsanto knew or should have known that exposure to glyphosate may increase the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other types of cancer. The litigation is MDL 2741 In Re: Roundup Products Liability Litigation. U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
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