IVC Filter Cases Continue to Move Forward

Currently, there are more than 10,000 IVC filter cases filed across the country, in state and federal courts, with a majority being filed against manufacturers, Bard Medical and Cook Medical. IVC filters are small devices surgically implanted into the inferior vena cava in an effort to catch blood clots (where they should naturally dissolve) before … Continue reading “IVC Filter Cases Continue to Move Forward”

Glyphosate Spin Check: Tracking Claims About the Most Widely Used Herbicide

Amid global debate over the safety of glyphosate-based herbicides such as Monsanto’s Roundup, numerous claims have been made to defend the product’s safety. In the wake of two recent landmark jury rulings that found Roundup to be a substantial factor in causing non-Hodgkin lymphoma, we examined some of these claims and fact-checked them for accuracy. … Continue reading “Glyphosate Spin Check: Tracking Claims About the Most Widely Used Herbicide”

Praise & Polo Shirts – More Evidence of Scientific Influence Seen in Newly Released Monsanto Papers

Newly released internal Monsanto records show fresh evidence of the measures the company has taken to influence scientific literature as part of a strategic defense of the safety of its line of weed killers best known by the brand name Roundup. Some evidence of what Monsanto’s own scientists called “ghostwriting” has already been revealed in … Continue reading “Praise & Polo Shirts – More Evidence of Scientific Influence Seen in Newly Released Monsanto Papers”

New Monsanto documents expose cozy connection to Reuters reporter

We knew from previously released documents that Reuters reporter Kate Kelland was a key connection for Monsanto in its endeavor to undermine and discredit the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) scientists who classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen in 2015. Now we have additional evidence of the coziness of the … Continue reading “New Monsanto documents expose cozy connection to Reuters reporter”

Monsanto Comes Out Swinging in Appeal of Johnson Verdict

In a new court filing, Monsanto has laid out a long list of reasons California’s appeals court should overturn a $78.5 million damage award issued against the company and its German owner Bayer AG last summer in the first Roundup cancer case to go to trial. That case, Johnson v. Monsanto, ended with a $289 … Continue reading “Monsanto Comes Out Swinging in Appeal of Johnson Verdict”

Roundup Trial Involving Married Couple with Cancer Nearing End

As the latest Roundup cancer trial enters its fifth week today, lawyers for the married couple of  Alva and Alberta Pilliod were nearing the end of the direct presentation of their case, which is being tried in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland, California. Both Pilliods developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma they allege was caused by their … Continue reading “Roundup Trial Involving Married Couple with Cancer Nearing End”

State public records laws help uncover wrongdoing at public universities

See our post about why journalism and public interest groups are opposing AB700.  Legislation is pending in the California Assembly (AB700) to weaken the California Public Records Act by exempting from disclosure much of the work product of the state’s publicly funded universities. This bill, authored by Laura Friedman, sets a dangerous precedent and would unnecessarily weaken … Continue reading “State public records laws help uncover wrongdoing at public universities”

NYC Leaders Join Calls for Ban on Monsanto Herbicide

Two New York City council members introduced legislation today that would ban city agencies from spraying glyphosate-based herbicides and other toxic pesticides in parks and other public spaces. The move is the latest in a groundswell of concern over pesticide use, particularly exposures to weed killing products developed by Monsanto, which is now a unit … Continue reading “NYC Leaders Join Calls for Ban on Monsanto Herbicide”

F.D.A. Halts U.S. Sales of Pelvic Mesh, Citing Safety Concerns for Women

The Food and Drug Administration said there was insufficient evidence that mesh worked better than surgery to repair pelvic organ prolapse. By Sheila Kaplan and Matthew Goldstein The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday ordered the two remaining medical device companies selling surgical mesh for the repair of pelvic organ prolapse to stop all sales … Continue reading “F.D.A. Halts U.S. Sales of Pelvic Mesh, Citing Safety Concerns for Women”

Read the emails, texts that show EPA efforts to slow ATSDR glyphosate review

Update: The ATSDR published their draft toxicological profile for glyphosate in April 2019. See coverage: ATSDR Report Confirms Glyphosate Cancer Risks, NRDC (4.11.2019); Some Links to Cancer Shown in Draft Review of Common Pesticide, Bloomberg (4.8.2019); Emails Show Monsanto Cozy with Feds, Courthouse News (4.15.2019). This article by Carey Gillam was originally published in Huffington Post in August 2017: Records … Continue reading “Read the emails, texts that show EPA efforts to slow ATSDR glyphosate review”

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