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Monsanto Announces 500 New High-Paying Missouri Jobs

Monsanto is trying to draw attention that they are one of the state's largest employers in advance of the upcoming Roundup/Cancer trial

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - Lawyers for Monsanto have, in the past, convinced a judge to separate the scientific portion of their Roundup cancer trial from the part where the jury hears arguments of alleged corporate misbehavior to determine the amount of punitive damages to award. The logic Monsanto uses is that if the science itself does not prove that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup causes cancer, the latter part of the trial focusing on corporate wrongdoing is a moot point. Monsanto's demands were met in the second Monsanto trial yet the jury found in favor of the plaintiff on the science and also then awarded $250 million in punitive damages, an amount later reduced to around $89 million. Monsanto cancer lawsuit attorneys representing families nationwide and offer a free no obligation consultation.

On the one hand, Bayer, maker of Roundup herbicide, is stressing that juries should be allowed to deliberate over the scientific evidence that the company thinks proves that glyphosate does not cause cancer without the inflammatory distraction of allegations of corporate wrongdoing. In a classic case of playing both sides against the middle, the company is now stressing their role as one of the State of Missouri's largest local employers in the next upcoming Roundup cancer trial. According to Reuters "Bayer on Tuesday announced it would create an additional 500 "high-paying" jobs in the St. Louis area. The Bayer unit that makes the glyphosate-based herbicide, the former Monsanto Co, was founded in St. Louis in 1901. Monsanto employed 5,400 full-time employees in the St. Louis area as of May 2018, according to company statements." The case in question being tried in Monsanto's home state is being brought by Sharleen Gordon, an Illinois woman with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Ms. Gordon alleges to have used Roundup weedkiller around her home for about 14 years.

On the other hand, having the case tried in Monsanto's home state of Missouri could backfire on the company as the change in venue allows for the possibility that high-level corporate executives could be forced to testify. The August 19, 2019 trial is also unique in that the plaintiff will be the first non-occupational user of Roundup herbicide to be heard. The three other trials claimed that using Roundup as part of their occupation as a farmer, groundskeeper, or in large-scale landscaping caused them to come into direct skin contact with Roundup regularly. It is the Roundup chemical mixture that it has been determined to contribute to causing cancer, not glyphosate alone. The surfactants in Roundup allow glyphosate to stick to and to penetrate the cell walls in weeds and experts have testified that it can do the same in human cells. Scientists think that Roundup's ability to be absorbed by the skin is behind the compound being carcinogenic and also may be the cause of DNA damage that has manifested itself in the explosive increases of autism, obesity and Attention Deficit Disorder in the current generation of the world's children.

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