Monsanto Faces Punitives Bid As Cancer Trial Nears End

Law360, San Francisco (August 6, 2018, 10:41 PM EDT) -- On the eve of closing arguments, a California judge ruled Monday that a school groundskeeper can seek punitive damages in a landmark trial over claims that Monsanto's Roundup and Ranger Pro herbicides gave him lymphoma, though the judge called evidence supporting such damages "thin."

During a hearing on jury instructions, California Superior Court Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos said she would allow the punitive damages question to be put to the jury despite her hesitation. But the judge noted that punitive damages require a high bar of “clear and convincing” evidence.

“I believe the science here is very much in dispute,” she...

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