Roundup Executive Will Stand Before a St.Louis Jury over Glyphosate Cancer Allegations
The former CEO of Monsanto Company, creators of controversial Roundup weed killer, will take the stand in a trial next month to address the decades of allegations of Roundup causing cancer. This will be the first time one of the company’s executives is required to testify in court about Monsanto’s failure to warn individuals about the cancer risk from using Roundup.
The court subpoenaed Hugh Grant, former CEO and chairman of Monsanto, to testify at a Roundup cancer trial scheduled in early 2020. The trial, set for January 27, will begin in the St. Louis County Circuit Court, where many of the Roundup lawsuits may end up going before juries.
St. Louis was previously the home of Monsanto’s U.S. headquarters before being acquired by Bayer, so lawyers and investors will be watching this upcoming trial closely. The claim, brought forward by Sharlean Gordon, alleges that she was diagnosed with a form of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006 after using Roundup continuously for about 15 years.
Currently Monsanto, a Bayer subsidiary, faces well over 43,000 Round lawsuits across the United States. Each of these suits brings forward similar claims that long-term exposure to glyphosate, a probable carcinogen, in Roundup caused individuals’ severe cancer diagnoses. Individuals bringing forward claims allege their exposure to glyphosate caused cancers including Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and multiple myeloma.
Roundup’s manufacturers have defended the safety of the herbicide vigorously in past trials. However, their defense has failed to stand before the juries. So far Monsanto has encountered substantial losses in the cases that have been brought to trial, juries awarding massive punitive damages to prevent the company from future negligence.
ROUNDUP MULTIDISTRICT LITIGATION
Bayer is investigating ways to resolve the thousands upon thousands of lawsuits involved in the Roundup Multidistrict Litigation, centralized before United States District Judge Honorable Vince Chhabria in the United States District Court for Northern California. While they have been in a mediation process with renowned attorney Ken Feinberg for several months, no agreements or settlements have been reached yet.
If both parties cannot reach a Roundup settlement in the upcoming weeks, Bayer will face several more juries in the upcoming months, including a federal bellwether trial scheduled to start in February 2020.