Roundup: Science Week

The Multidistrict (MDL) Roundup litigation in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco is still tackling what is referred to as “Science Week.” Judge Chhabria heard testimony from an array of experts, including oncologists, toxicologists, and public health professionals among others last month. They are still waiting for him to weigh in on which experts will be allowed to testify in the trials. There is no indication as to when he may make his decision. He has ordered additional testimony from two plaintiffs’ experts, Dr. Chris Portier and Dr. Beate Ritz. They are expected back in court the first week of April.

Meanwhile, in a small victory for plaintiffs, Judge Chhabria ruled, over Monsanto’s objections, that certain documents plaintiffs’ attorneys obtained in discovery (dubbed the Monsanto Papers) could in fact be unsealed and used in the trials.

U.S. Right to Know, a nonprofit organization working for transparency and accountability in our nation’s food system, is documenting the entire MDL trial and has the “Monsanto Papers” available for you to read in its Court and Discovery Documents.

The first MDL trial is expected to begin in June, and could set the standards for thousands of other claims, like yours, that have been filed in state courts.

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