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Roundup Cancer Lawyers Given MDL Leadership Spots

A number of Monsanto Roundup attorneys were assigned to leadership positions in the MDL covering the claims.

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - A couple months after federal Monsanto Roundup cancer lawsuits were centralized by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, the leadership positions for attorneys working on the MDL have been filled. A pretrial order issued by U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria filled the positions of the co-lead counsel, plaintiff's executive committee and liaison counsel.

In the order issued by Judge Chhabria, three Roundup attorneys were named co-lead counsel, three were appointed to the plaintiff's executive committee and two were placed on the liaison counsel. These groups will help lead the MDL and fulfill its role in making the litigation process for federal lawsuits streamlined in the court where they have been consolidated.

The Monsanto Roundup lawsuits have been filed by people who claim the giant agrochemical company knew its Roundup weed killer products contained a cancer causing chemical called glyphosate and never warned consumers of the risk. Plaintiffs claim that their risk for cancer was increased by using Roundup products and that a warning issued by Monsanto would have offered them the opportunity to choose against using them or finding an alternative.

Currently there are only a few dozen Roundup cancer lawsuits that have been transferred to the MDL, but there is a consensus that this figure will grow far greater in the weeks and months to come. This ensuing influx of Monsanto cancer lawsuits makes the appointment of the the leadership team crucial to the efficiency of the MDL to serve those claims moving forward.

There are a number of cancers that plaintiffs have claimed are connected to glyphosate. In the past month alone, there have been claims of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, bladder cancer, large B-cell lymphoma caused by Roundup. The disparity in the types of cancer though did not stop the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation from consolidating the federal litigation because of the common questions of fact all the Roundup lawsuits shared. Now all the federal claims filed against Monsanto will be transferred to the MDL, which is centralized in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

The nationwide Monsanto Roundup lawsuits were placed into multidistrict litigation in an effort to help streamline proceedings. and coordinate efforts among attorneys to effectively litigate going forward. MDLs are created to help reduce duplicative discovery and simplify the pretrial process. The proceedings will likely lead to bellwether trials, which will be used to determine how both sides wish to proceed after taking the results of these trials into consideration.

Monsanto thus far has maintained that its products do not cause cancer and that the plaintiffs' claims have no factual basis. The number of Roundup lawsuits is growing however as more and more people around the country get news of the claims being filed against Monsanto and connect the dots between their prior use of the product and cancer they may have developed as a result. All future Roundup lawsuits not filed in the state of California will likely end up in the MDL.

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