Roundup Weed Killer: MDL No. 2741, in re: Roundup Products Liability Litigation was created in October 2016, before U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, in the Northern District of California. The defendant, Monsanto, will face the first trial on June 18, 2018, in the Superior Court for the County of San Francisco. About 3,500 plaintiffs now represent nearly 2,200 cases filed in state and federal courts.
Another product liability lawsuit has been filed by a man from Arizona under this MDL, who alleges that Monsanto’s Roundup was the reason for his diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The plaintiff further stated that he used Roundup on his property for over 20 years, without receiving any warning of the potential development of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and holds Monsanto responsible for the failure to warn him and other consumers.
The Daubert Hearings, scheduled earlier for December 2017, are now set to begin on March 5, in order to consider the admissibility of expert witness testimony on the link between Roundup and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a decision taken by Judge Chhabria.
The Judge also bifurcated the proceedings to first address the general causation link before considering any case-specific issues about whether the weed killer caused any individual plaintiff’s diagnosis.