Retailers At Risk From New Glyphosate Liability Theories

By Lori Elliott Jarvis, Elizabeth Reese and Emily Mordecai (February 11, 2019, 3:55 PM EST) -- Glyphosate, the world's most widely used herbicide, dominated headlines in 2018, as Monsanto battled thousands of lawsuits brought by consumers claiming that the chemical causes cancer. Now, other companies in the retail supply chain are beginning to feel pressure, as consumer groups and plaintiffs lawyers turn their attention to other, less obvious targets following early success against Monsanto in both state and federal courts.

But as the potential pool of defendants has expanded, so too has the disconnect between the plaintiffs' success in court and the scientific and regulatory landscape, suggesting that reliance on science will do little to mitigate the...

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