Monsanto Can't Nix Herbicide Cancer Suit

By Steven Trader (June 30, 2016, 12:54 PM EDT) -- Claims by a husband and wife alleging Monsanto Co.'s Roundup brand weed killer causes cancer are neither barred by an expired statute of limitations, nor preempted by federal law and can proceed, a Hawaii federal judge concluded on Wednesday.

Plaintiffs Christine and Kenneth Sheppard can move forward on their allegations that agricultural exposure to Roundup caused Christine to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2003, Chief U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright ruled, denying Monsanto's argument that the claims were time-barred and preempted by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.

The agriculture giant had argued that Christine Sheppard had a "suspicion of...

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