Monsanto Can't Trim MDL Claiming Weedkiller Causes Cancer

Law360 (March 7, 2019, 10:05 PM EST) -- Monsanto lost a bid to pare back multidistrict litigation over the agrochemical giant's allegedly carcinogenic Roundup weedkiller when a California federal judge ruled Thursday that the claims in three bellwether cases are backed by believable evidence and aren't preempted by other laws.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria on Thursday denied Monsanto's January bid for the court to rule that federal law preempts consumers' claims that the company failed to warn that the herbicide caused cancer. The ruling addresses claims brought in three bellwether suits, including a case brought by plaintiff Ed Hardeman that is currently on trial before Judge Chhabria in...

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