Monsanto Roundup Buyers Denied Cert. In Wis.

Law360 (January 3, 2019, 2:14 PM EST) -- A Wisconsin federal judge has denied class certification to in-state buyers of Monsanto Co.’s Roundup weed killers who claim the labels misled them about their safety, saying a Wisconsin Supreme Court decision requires each individual plaintiff to show they lost money under the state's false advertising law.

U.S. District Judge William M. Conley wrote on Wednesday that even though lead plaintiff Thomas Blitz's proposed class met the numerosity, commonality, typicality and adequacy criteria for certification, the state high court's reading of the Wisconsin Deceptive Trade Practices Act nixes Blitz's arguments for predominance and superiority.

Blitz sued in June 2017, claiming he and...

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