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August 28, 2020

Judge Casts Doubt on Bayer's Monsanto Roundup Multi-Billion Cancer Settlement

On July 6, District Judge Vince Chhabria, Northern District of California, ruled in a pretrial order in Ramírez, et al. v. Monsanto Co. that he “is skeptical of the propriety and fairness” of a proposed settlement to end the controversy surrounding thousands of claims that allege that Bayer’s herbicide Roundup was the direct cause of developing non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. While the bulk of the deal does not require court approval, there is a crucial piece that does. The Court must approve the method for handling any future claims from potential customers that develop non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, as well as the creation of a scientific panel in charge of deciding whether a key ingredient, glyphosate, causes cancer, thus binding future claimants to its final assessment.