Monsanto Lawsuit Over Cancer Claims Can Proceed, Federal Judge Rules

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Hundreds of lawsuits alleging Roundup weed killer caused cancer cleared a big hurdle Tuesday when a USA judge ruled that cancer victims and their families could present expert testimony linking the herbicide to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Beate Ritz, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, testified for the plaintiffs that her review of scientific literature led her to conclude that glyphosate and glyphosate-based compounds such as Roundup can cause non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

"He's a good guy, and he has an fantastic family - knowing that he's gonna pass away because of this kills you", said Brent Wisner, Johnson's attorney.

The agrochemical company Monsanto is facing a lawsuit accusing them of having a weed-killing product which causes cancer.

A federal judge has ruled Tuesday that there was sufficient evidence for a jury to hear the hundreds of cases alleging that Monsanto's Roundup causes cancer.

George Lombardi, attorney for Monsanto, said the disease takes years to develop and thereby argued that Johnson's cancer started prior his use of Roundup.

While the jury's decision won't have any effect on the class-action suit, it will likely be a bellwether for other future proceedings.

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Many government regulators have rejected a link between cancer and the active ingredient in Roundup - glyphosate.

Dewayne Johnson, a 46-year-old father of two, says he is sick because of contact with Roundup, the top-selling weed killer made by the USA company.

The trial is expected to last about a month. But he said a reasonable jury could conclude, based on the findings of four experts he allowed, that glyphosate can cause cancer in humans.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says glyphosate is safe for humans when used in accordance with label directions.

The Monsanto brand may disappear soon, but claims that its most famous weed killer causes cancer will live on for years in court.

The court said the International Agency for Research on Cancer's conclusion in 2015 that glyphosate probably causes cancer in humans did not provide enough evidence for the case to get to the next phase. Farmers in California, the most agriculturally productive state in the USA, use it on more than 200 types of crops.

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