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Monsanto Gets Gift With Two-Stage Roundup Bellwether

Law360 (February 20, 2019, 6:59 PM EST) -- After being hit with a $78 million loss in state court over claims its Roundup weedkiller causes cancer, Bayer AG's Monsanto unit could turn its luck around in the first federal bellwethers over the herbicide now that it has convinced a federal judge to split the trials in two in an unconventional way.

The bifurcation will keep the jury from hearing potentially damaging evidence alleging Monsanto tried to influence regulatory agencies until after they’ve decided whether the company’s products cause cancer, giving Monsanto a better shot at a favorable verdict, according to product liability attorneys.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria on Jan....

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