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Science Day Upcoming For Roundup Lawsuit MDL

A science day for Roundup cancer lawsuits is in the near future for counsel representing both sides in multidistrict litigation.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - A science day has been scheduled as a part of the preliminary proceedings in the Monsanto Roundup multidistrict litigation. Science days are created to allow counsel from both sides present the scientific information related to the claims they will be defending in court. The Roundup cancer lawyers that are a part of this MDL will be presenting scientific information on the potential of Monsanto's popular weed-killer's ability to increase a user's risk for cancer, notably non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

The science day will be scheduled during a status conference today, and will likely take place sometime in early 2017. Both sides will be focusing on glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Roundup and the focus of Monsanto Roundup lawsuits. There has been a series of wavering opinions about glyphosate and how safe it is over the past few decades. The EPA first designated the herbicide as "possibly carcinogenic to humans" in 1985, then retreated its stance to claiming there was "evidence of non-carcinogenicity in humans" in 1991. The EPA made it clear that in this ruling, it was not closing the door on the possibility for glyphosate to prove carcinogenic in the future.

In the years following the second EPA classification, reports of major scientific fraud by Monsanto began to surface worldwide. There were claims that Monsanto hired companies to specifically determine that glyphosate was not carcinogenic. Two companies that Monsanto worked with in this arena had employees convicted of fraud. Plaintiffs claim that the carcinogenic properties of Roundup were among the scientific data Monsanto fraudulently kept from consumers.

In addition to alleged fraudulent behavior, plaintiffs and their Roundup attorneys also hold Monsanto responsible for failing to warn consumers of the carcinogenic risks associated with their popular weed-killer. Many of the allegations describe consumers using Roundup liberally, often with it getting on their hands and faces, and claim they could have curbed those actions or stopped using the product all together if they had been aware of the serious side effects it had been linked to. The studies where those links were initially published will be a part of the science day before the federal court where the Roundup lawsuits are consolidated..

Federal Monsanto Roundup lawsuits were consolidated into multidistrict litigation in early October before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. This district is the home to two of the earliest Roundup cancer lawsuits, and was ruled by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to be the court best served to offer equal convenience to all sides involved with the proceedings. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria requested that both parties submit a joint case management statement during in a November 23 pretrial order that was to plan the prospective science day date.

The number of Roundup lawsuits is only expected to grow in the coming weeks and months. There are not even 100 included in the MDL currently, but given the widespread use of Roundup and the people it could have affected, the potential for it to grow are palpable.

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