Tainted Trial Tuesday


Anyone concerned about probable carcinogens in the environment needs to keep an eye on the trial of Edward Hardeman v. Monsanto Company, which begins on February 25, in the Federal District Court in San Francisco. A bellwether for future challenges against the company, the federal court has grouped hundreds of plaintiffs into this multidistrict litigation case. The plaintiffs have sued Monsanto claiming to have contracted non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) after being exposed to Roundup, the company’s glyphosate-based herbicide. While there are an estimated 9,300 lawsuits against the chemical giant because of Roundup, Hardeman will be only the second NHL trial against Monsanto ever.

Judge Vince Chhabria has already granted an unusual motion by Monsanto to split the Hardeman trial into two phases. Characterized as “unheard of” by the plaintiffs, this way of trying a case is called bifurcation, consisting of a first phase that would have the jury determine if there is a preponderance of scientific evidence that Roundup caused Hardeman’s cancer. If the jury finds this to be true, they will then be allowed to decide if Monsanto knew of and attempted to hide the dangers of Roundup. To do this, they will be shown internal Monsanto documents that reveal how the company ignored or tried to discredit legitimate science and scientists, ghostwrote scientific studies and manipulated regulators. (I saw this evidence firsthand, because I was a juror on the first ever NHL trial, Dwayne Lee Johnson v. Monsanto.)

Robert Howard @ Truthout

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15 Responses to Tainted Trial Tuesday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    The snow is ahead of the plows so that all Whitman County schools, including WSU, arn’t starting until 10 am. Also, it is -12 °C out now.


  2. Micki says:

    Holy mackerel! That’s cold.

    -6.1 C here when I woke up…haven’t checked since then. But, bright & sunny!


    • David B. Benson says:

      A small lesson in SI units: for temperature it is always “degrees celcius”, no capitalization. But the abbreviation is “°C” with no space between the degree symbol and the capital letter. However, a space is required after the number and before the degree symbol, as in “-6.1 °C”.

      The letter “C” denotes “kilocalorie”, called “calorie” in nutritional literature. It is only to be used there as “erg” is the SI unit of energy.

      Now wasn’t that fun?


  3. Den says:

    (-12°C × 9/5) + 32 = 10.4°F



  4. Micki says:

    These endless campaign cycles are annoying….no matter who the candidate is!


  5. Micki says:

    The fog of war … someday, we’re all going to pay.


  6. Carol says:

    How the heck did I miss yesterday? But I did, no posts on yesterday’s thread from moi.

    Pete came over yesterday, we watched a movie he brought and the first episode of this season’s ‘The Walking Dead.’

    He messed with my interface on this computer that shows my outdoor cameras.

    It’s snowing right now, probably will be another 2 inches which is what we seem to get every few days. Turning around to look at my monitor, I can see a little accumulation on the back deck.

    I will be glued to the TV starting at 10:00 a.m. to watch Michael Cohen grilled. This will be even more fun than Schlitz Kavanaugh, and Matthew Whitaker. So happy I have the DVR, I’ll be able to pause the show and use the john, or get a cup of coffee.

    Ok, going to put in my email and name and see if it sticks.


  7. Carol says:

    Opened this box to see, nope…no email address or name, DAMMIT!


  8. Carol says:

    It always shows my first post now, but never the second or third ones. What the heck is wrong with this site? I miss the way it used to be, *sniff*.


  9. Den says:

    When it just isn’t your day:


  10. HELLO Hello hello says:

    Is there anybody out there?


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