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Our team at Milestone is cheering for our friend and Women En Mass founder Aimee Wagstaff, who serves as co-lead counsel of the national Monsanto Roundup litigation. On July 10, The Honorable Vince Chhabria ruled that the plaintiffs in the case offered reliable scientific evidence that exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller can cause cancer. In effect, Judge Chhabria denied Monsanto’s requests to dismiss the case. This is a huge victory nationwide for people harmed by Roundup exposure.

Thousands of people have filed lawsuits against Monsanto with complaints that Roundup exposure caused Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a blood borne cancer. The lawsuits filed in Federal Courts were consolidated before Judge Chhabria in the U.S. District Court of Northern California. The pre-trial proceedings involved the Court’s obligation to act as a gatekeeper to ensure that expert testimony offered at trial is founded upon sound scientific methodology. In his ruling, Judge Chhabria declared that the testimony meets these requirements, and certain testimony that Roundup can cause Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma would be allowed to go to the jury in future trials.

“Today’s ruling marks a significant victory in the fight for justice on behalf of our clients who were injured by exposure to Roundup,” Wagstaff said in a press release. “We look forward to our day in court and the opportunity to hold Monsanto accountable.”

The Monsanto Roundup litigation is formally titled In re: Roundup Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2741). Lead counsel for the plaintiffs include Aimee Wagstaff of Andrus Wagstaff, Robin Greenwald of Weitz and Luxenberg, and Mike Miller of the Miller Law Firm. Additional lawsuits filed in State Courts are following independent tracks to trial.

Victories like these exemplify how our civil justice system provides Americans with an effective means to seek justice from negligent corporations that might otherwise be too powerful for one person to fight alone.  

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