Roundup Lawsuit News
Judge Scolds Monsanto in Herbicide Trial
July 17, 2017
Multinational agricultural and chemical giant Monsanto was taken to task by a California U.S. district judge for using “flimsy” legal reasoning to contest a case pending against it.
At issue in the case is the potentially carcinogenic nature of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s flagship herbicide, Roundup. The judge granted that the case, which was brought against Monsanto by Loretta Pennie, should be moved back to state court in Northern California.
In attempting to keep the case at the federal level, Monsanto used a legal strategy that Judge Vince Chhabria called into question. Monsanto lawyers argued that, since Pennie had invoked a federal law (the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act), and because her suit mentions an alleged conspiracy between Monsanto and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the case should remain at the federal level.
Judge Chhabria scolded FDA for mentioning what he called the “baseless” EPA conspiracy theory, and insisted that the claims in the suit exist solely at the state level. The judge remarked that, should Monsanto again enter such flimsy legal theorizing into the trial, he may be inclined to require the company to pay for Pennie’s legal fees.
In June, the California Supreme Court rejected Monsanto’s attempt to prevent glyphosate from being added to the state’s official roster of carcinogenic (cancer-causing) agents.
Monsanto has come under fire in numerous states for its use of glyphosate, which has been linked to numerous forms of cancer.
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