We have been closely following the progress of the national Roundup litigation and the tireless work of Aimee Wagstaff and Jennifer Moore, who serve as the plaintiffs’ co-lead counsel. Last summer, we commended the team after Judge Vince G. Chhabria denied Monsanto’s requests to dismiss the cases alleging Roundup causes cancer. One month after that victory, a jury in the first case to go to trial found that Roundup gave a school groundskeeper terminal non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and awarded him $289 million. Another win for the plaintiffs came last week when a jury in the second tried Roundup case sided with the plaintiff, finding that he had developed cancer from exposure to the glyphosate-based herbicide in his yard.
Now, the San Francisco jury will begin hearing evidence to decide whether to hold Bayer — which has since acquired Monsanto — liable for the man’s cancer resulting from his use of the company’s product.
About 11,200 farmers, gardeners, and landscapers have filed suit against Bayer, claiming that Roundup causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other cancers. Six more trials are slated to start this year in federal and state courts.
As we’ve previously noted, these victories for the plaintiffs are all bittersweet. While it means holding Monsanto and Bayer accountable and obtaining justice for those who developed cancer after using Roundup, people are still suffering as a result of a large corporation’s negligence. It’s the work of Aimee, Jennifer, and other outstanding litigators that points toward a future in which deep-pocketed defendants think twice about letting people get hurt for the sake of a profit.
A West Point graduate where he served as captain and military aviator, John Bair continues his commitment to our country through his efforts within the settlement planning industry. He has represented families of victims lost in the Flight 3407 crash, offered pro bono services to the families of 9/11 victims and drafted the first consumer protection bill for plaintiffs (H.R. 3699).