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Monsanto Glyphosate Trial Decision Swings The Case Heavily in Favor of the Plaintiff

Even though the trial has not even started the defense was dealt a devastating blow when a judge allowed controversial evidence to be presented to the jury

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - In a shocking turn of events, California judge Vincent Chhabria has changed his mind and will allow the plaintiff to introduce evidence of Monsanto's corporate misconduct in the initial phase of the trial. The judge had previously capitulated to Monsanto's requests that the trial be split into two separate phases, the first for the jury to determine whether or not glyphosate causes cancer, and the second phase to determine what did Monsanto knew about glyphosate causing cancer, and when did they know it. Monsanto had argued that a jury could become unduly enraged at the company based on internal company memos that demonstrate that Monsanto deliberately sought to manipulate scientific findings regarding glyphosate by writing the scientific interpretations of glyphosate tests and pawning them off to government agencies like the US FDA as if they were independent scientific interpretations. The judge will allow jurors to hear testimony regarding Monsanto's "ghostwriting" and to see memos that make it clear that such deception was part of the company's overall business strategy to protect its brand. According to Reuters, the judge's ruling applies to the next three trials set to go before Chhabria who is scheduled to hear 620 of the approximately 9300 cases currently filed against Monsanto. Monsanto attorneys for roundup cancer lawsuits are helping families nationwide harmed by glyphosate.l

Corporate misconduct such as the business practice of ghostwriting portions of what were believed to be independent scientific studies was at the center of the reasons why a jury in the previous Monsanto trial awarded California groundskeeper DeWayne Johnson $289 million for cancer he developed from working with Roundup herbicide during the course of his occupation as a California school groundskeeper. Johnson who has only months to live and is frail managed to make it to court to testify and to show jurors the cancerous sores and lesions that had developed on the areas of his body that were exposed to glyphosate. Johnson's attorneys argued that Monsanto had an obligation to warn occupational users of the herbicide to wear waterproof protective clothing to prevent Roundup's direct contact with the skin. Johnson sprayed Roundup herbicide regularly on and around the public school grounds where he worked to control weeds. Monsanto's attorneys believe that testimony alleging Monsanto's corporate misconduct clouded the juror's judgment as to whether or not glyphosate is carcinogenic in the first place.

Without ironclad scientific studies that prove that glyphosate does not cause cancer, Monsanto will have difficulty defending the world's most heavily used and controversial herbicide. Monsanto is best known for producing the carcinogenic defoliant "agent orange", a chemical that was spayed by the millions of tons on the jungles of Vietnam in order to kill the plant life and expose enemy troops. Tens of thousands of US troops exposed to Monsanto's defoliant developed cancer and many have died as a result.

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