Monsanto MDL Judge Sanctions 'Steely' Atty, Explains Remark

Law360, San Francisco (February 27, 2019, 10:47 PM EST) -- A California federal judge sanctioned an attorney representing the plaintiff in a high-profile jury trial over claims that Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller causes cancer, while telling her Wednesday that when he said she'd been "steely" in responding to him, he didn't intend a negative connotation.

On Tuesday evening, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria issued a three-page order sanctioning Edward Hardeman’s counsel, Aimee Wagstaff of Andrus Wagstaff, and ordered her to pay $500 for violating his pretrial orders by mentioning during trial openings at least five topics that he excluded from the first causation phase of the trial. The judge also said in...

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