Litigation Update: Opioid Judgment against J&J in Oklahoma

In a landmark ruling Monday afternoon, Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman found that corporate giant Johnson & Johnson and Janssen, its pharmaceuticals unit, had played a part in causing Oklahoma’s opioid crisis by using false and misleading marketing practices that exaggerated the benefits of their opioid painkillers Duragesic, a fentanyl patch, and Nucynta while … Continue reading “Litigation Update: Opioid Judgment against J&J in Oklahoma”

Litigation Update: Opioid Manufacturers Reach Settlement Ahead of October Bellwether Trial

Drug manufacturers Endo International Plc and Allergan Plc have agreed to pay $15 million to two Ohio counties in an effort to avoid an upcoming trial pending in federal court in Cleveland. The two counties’ cases scheduled to proceed on October 21 were selected to comprise the first bellwether trial out of the multidistrict litigation … Continue reading “Litigation Update: Opioid Manufacturers Reach Settlement Ahead of October Bellwether Trial”

Emails Reveal Science Publisher Found Papers On Herbicide Safety Should Be Retracted Due to Monsanto Meddling

Secretive influence by Monsanto in a set of papers published in the scientific journal Critical Reviews in Toxicology was so unethical that an investigation by the publisher found that at least three of the papers should be retracted, according to a series of internal journal communications. The journal editor refused to retract the papers, which declared … Continue reading “Emails Reveal Science Publisher Found Papers On Herbicide Safety Should Be Retracted Due to Monsanto Meddling”

“Serious, Deadly Injury” Cited in New Appeals Court Filing Over Roundup Cancer Claims

 A California appeals court should reject efforts by Monsanto to overturn a jury verdict awarding millions of dollars to a school groundskeeper and approve $250 million in punitive damages the jury ordered a year ago this month in the first Roundup cancer trial, according to a brief in the case filed Monday. The brief filed by … Continue reading ““Serious, Deadly Injury” Cited in New Appeals Court Filing Over Roundup Cancer Claims”

Litigation Update: JUUL

JUUL Labs, Inc. recently filed a motion with the Joint Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (the “JPML”) to transfer cases against it for consolidated pretrial proceedings and further requested that the MDL be assigned to the Northern District of California. Juul is based in San Francisco. Reply briefs are due later this month and the motion … Continue reading “Litigation Update: JUUL”

Litigation Update: Roundup Settlement?

Last week Bloomberg broke the news that Bayer had made a settlement proposal to resolve more than 18,000 Roundup lawsuits. Citing those close to the ongoing negotiations, Bloomberg reported the proposal was between $6 and $8 billion. Later that week, mediator Ken Feinberg, who was appointed by Judge Chhabria, issued a statement that the report … Continue reading “Litigation Update: Roundup Settlement?”

St. Louis Judge Denies Monsanto Bid to Delay Another Roundup Cancer Trial

Monsanto’s bid to postpone another upcoming Roundup cancer trials in St. Louis has failed – at least for the time being – as a judge has ordered that a trial set for October will proceed. After hearing Monsanto’s argument last week seeking a continuance in the case of Walter Winston v. Monsanto, St. Louis Circuit … Continue reading “St. Louis Judge Denies Monsanto Bid to Delay Another Roundup Cancer Trial”

Monsanto’s campaign against U.S. Right to Know: key themes and documents

Internal Monsanto documents released in August 2019 via litigation against Monsanto describe Monsanto’s campaign to counter a U.S. Right to Know investigation into its business and ties between the company and public university professors. USRTK has made public records requests to taxpayer-funded universities since 2015, leading to revelations about secretive industry collaborations with academics. (See … Continue reading “Monsanto’s campaign against U.S. Right to Know: key themes and documents”

Speculation Over Settlement as Roundup Cancer Trial Postponed

The mysterious delay of what supposed to be a closely watched St. Louis showdown over claims that Monsanto’s Roundup herbicides cause cancer has stirred speculation that a settlement may be in the offing and heartened investors in Monsanto’s German owner Bayer, who feared a fourth trial loss. The trial in St. Louis, Monsanto’s former long-time … Continue reading “Speculation Over Settlement as Roundup Cancer Trial Postponed”

St. Louis Roundup Cancer Trial Reset for January, Talk of Bayer Settlement

The much-anticipated Roundup cancer trial set to get underway in two weeks in Monsanto’s former hometown of St. Louis is being rescheduled,  according to the a spokeswoman for the St. Louis County Court where the trial was set to begin Aug 19. Court spokeswoman Christine Bertelson said Judge Brian May, who is overseeing the case … Continue reading “St. Louis Roundup Cancer Trial Reset for January, Talk of Bayer Settlement”

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