Thursday , May 6 2021

California judge orders the next Monsanto-relieving weed cancer trial in March



(Reuters) – California judge on Thursday gave a fast trial for March in the case of a couple of California suffering from cancer that prosecuted Bayer AG (BAYGn.DE) The Monsanto unit, claiming that the disease of weed killer that includes glyphosate causes their disease.

FILE PHOTO: A woman uses a Monsanto Roundons whitish spray without glyphosate in a garden in Ercuis near Paris, France, May 6, 2018. REUTERS / Benoit Tessier / File Photo

The order by Judge Superior Court, Ioana Petrou in Oakland, California, arrives at the seats of a $ 289 million ruling in the first glyphosate test in San Francisco where a jury found that Monsanto was responsible for causing cancer for terrorists school.

It has been damaged to $ 78 million later, and Bayer, who denies the allegations, says he would appeal against the decision.

But its share price has fallen by almost 30 percent since the jury's decision on August 10th and the company faces some 9,300 legal cases of US glyphosate.

Petrou's decision eliminates the road for the second California jury testament for glyphosate, the world's most useful weed killer. The trial of California Alva and Alberta Pilliod was trialled on March 18, 2019, by court filing.

"Although we have great sympathy for plaintiffs, we are confident that our herbicides were not based on glyphosate in the case of their injuries and we will be vigilantly in trial," said the company in statement.

Glyffosate jury trials will go up next year. The company has arranged to face jurors in Missouri state court in St Louis, where the first trial begins in early February. A trial in the San Francisco federal court, where federal Roundup lawsuits is combined, is scheduled to start at the end of February.

Bayer, who received Monsanto earlier this year for $ 63 billion, says that his products based on glyphosate are causing cancer, suggesting decades of scientific studies and regulatory approvals that have shown that the chemical is safe to & # 39; w used by people.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency in September 2017 ended the assessment of decades of glyphosate risks and found a chemical that was unlikely to be carcinogenic to people. But the World Health Organization's cancer branch in 2015 distributes glyphosate as "probably a people's carcinogenic".

The Pilliods, who in their 70s, claim that they are regularly used from Roundup between 1975 and 2011 cause them to develop a non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the lymph system cancer.

The couple filed their time in June 2017, following a diagnosis of cancer in 2015 and 2011 respectively. Their solicitors earlier asked this year for a fast trial, identifying the couple's risk of re-emission and their short life expectancy.

Report by Tina Bellon in New York; Edited by Peter Cooney

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