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Monsanto Attorneys Push For Complete Repeal of Jury Verdict Against Them

Monsanto still has no answers for a toxicologist that demonstrated that glyphosate can bio-accumulate to potentially carcinogenic levels on the skin with regular exposure

Friday, December 21, 2018 - Monsanto attorneys are not satisfied with a judge's reduction in the jury award against them from $259 million down to $78 million and instead is pushing forward to eliminate the award altogether. Monsanto attorneys believe that the jury verdict holding Monsanto liable was not supported by the evidence or the law according to a Bayer/Monsanto spokesperson. Monsanto feels that the science presented by the plaintiffs does not prove that Roundup herbicide contributed substantially to the plaintiff's cancer. Attorneys representing plaintiff's for Roundup cancer lawsuits offer a free consultation to people affected by the regular use of Roundup.

In the case in question, now 46-year old DeWayne Johnson, a California school system groundskeeper, developed cancer and alleged that its cause was direct skin contact with Roundup herbicide, a chemical he was required to use regularly in the course of controlling weeds where he worked and children play. When spraying Roundup weedkiller, all will go well as long as there is little wind or the wind is blowing away, however, sudden changes in wind direction can cause a Roundup user to get a "face full" of the chemical. Johnson alleged that happened frequently and that he would in his words "often come home drenched in Roundup."

The plaintiff presented scientific experts at trial that claimed to have tested glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, and that they found that the chemical can bio-accumulate on the skin to cancer-causing levels. The plaintiff also showed that the Roundup warning label admitted that direct skin contact should be avoided but failed to recommend that industrial strength users in occupations like groundskeeper, farmers, landscapers as well as home and garden enthusiast wear protective waterproof clothing as a precaution. The plaintiff feels that the warning was downplayed as merely a suggestion rather than a concrete cancer warning.

Monsanto was successful in challenging other expert witnesses showing that their sworn depositions differed from their testimony in court and also that evidence of scientific studies showing that glyphosate could cause cancer but was unable to debunk the bioaccumulation expert upon cross-examination. It is widely believed that the case turned in favor of Johnson based on the toxicologist's testimony. The toxicologist, who Courthouse News describes as, " a consultant with New York-based firm Toxicology Consultants & Assessment Specialists LLC, has testified for both plaintiffs and defendants, and has consulted for U.S. Attorney offices and the U.S. Navy, according to his company's website." (1) Dr. Sawyer testified that he had no evidence that glyphosate bioaccumulates inside of the body. Attorneys for the plaintiffs feel that the new challenges to Sawyer's testimony are only in response to the defense's cross-examination which proved inadequate.

Finally, Sawyer's testimony focused on the plaintiff's extraordinarily heavy use of glyphosate, such as occurs in the industrial application of the chemical. Roundup also is not purely glyphosate as Monsanto adds surfactants to the solution that make if more carcinogenic, according to Courthouse News.

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