Six Bayer Roundup trials are currently set to take place starting in January 2020, with one in February, two in March. Additional trials are scheduled from April through October 2021, one almost every month in that time period. Thousands of additional plaintiffs still are working out dates for their cases.
The upcoming January trials include two children whose parents say their non-Hodgkin lymphoma is the result of repeated exposure to Monsanto herbicides at very young ages. The trial for a woman named Sharlean Gordon who suffered several recurrences of her cancer is also slated for January. Yet another trial will of five plaintiffs who claim the herbicide caused their cancers will also go to trial.
Notably, two of the trials in January will take place in and go before jurors in Monsanto’s home town,St. Louis— where it was originally headquartered.
It is still possible that some sort of settlement could happen before January, However, each trial is expected to last several weeks, some lawyers involved in trying cases are overlapping cases as a re some witnesses
In recent trials, a jury in Oakland, California ordered Monsanto to pay more than $2 billion in damages to Alberta and Alva Pilliod, then a jury in San Francisco ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages to school groundskeeper Dewayne “Lee” Johnson. Judges reduced the damage amounts in both those cases and the rulings are currently under appeal.
More than 42,000 people in the U.S. are suing Monsanto claiming that Roundup causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The suits charge the company with knowing the dangers to the public, but withholding that information for the sake of profit.
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