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Monsanto Roundup Trial Schedule as of 9/13/2018

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California JCCP:  California State litigation, example case no. RG17853420,: Roundup Products Cases (known as the Roundup Judicial Council Coordination Proceedings or simply Roundup JCCP) before the California Superior Court for the County of Alameda. All cases filed in California state courts are moved to the JCCP. Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman attorneyR. Brent Wisner on March 15, 2018, was appointed administrator and co-lead counsel for the Roundup Products Cases filed in the JCCP. This court is in Oakland. 243 cases have been consolidated here. The Honorable Judge Ioana Petrou is the presiding judge.

No trial dates yet set but The Miller Firm has requested a joint preference (expedited) trial for a husband and wife, Alva and Alberta Pilliod, who both have non-Hodgkin lymphoma. There is a hearing on that request on October 9, 2018.

In the JCCP, general causation discovery is continuing, as well a liability discovery. The Sargon/general causation summary judgment motion is due 10/30/2018 and the hearing is scheduled for 1/25/2019.

 St. Louis CITY:  The October 22, 2018 trial in St. Louis has been postponed until sometime next year.

2/6/2019 – The first St. Louis City trial is scheduled for February 6, 2019, in the Circuit Court for the City of St. Louis. The plaintiff is Jeff Hall, represented by The Miller Firm.

Oct. 2019 – The next St. Louis City trial after that isn’t until October 2019 and will be for 15 plaintiffs together. Winston is the lead case. Weitz & Luxenberg represents these plaintiffs.

1/21/2020  and 3/23/2020 – Two more trials scheduled for cases of The Miller Firm.

St. Louis COUNTY:

4/22/19 – The first trial in this court is scheduled for April 22, 2019. The Plaintiff is Sharlean Gordon (part of the Adams complaint) represented by Andrus Wagstaff.


The next trials occur in June and September 2019 and are represented by Andrus Wagstaff.

2020 – Andrus Wagstaff reports three trials set in 2020.

In the St. Louis cases, both in the City and County, liability and specific causation discovery is underway and ongoing.

Montana: Andrus Wagstaff filed a motion for priority trial based on dying plaintiff in Bozeman.  Local counsel tells them they will get a 2019 trial date. Andrus Wagstaff disclosed witness and exhibit lists in this case. The case isCazier v. Monsanto, Montana Eighteenth Judicial District Court Gallatin County Cause No. DV 17-883C.

 Delaware state court:  unknown

Kansas City: The Miller Firm has a case there but no trial date yet set.

MDL: Federal litigation- MDL in Roundup Products Liability Litigation, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, case no. 3:16-md-02741.The Honorable Judge Chabbria is the presiding judge. 515+ cases have been consolidated here–cases that were previously filed in federal courts across the country. This court is in San Francisco. Baum Hedlund senior partner Michael Baum remains a member of the Executive Committee for the MDL.

The Case Management conference occurred today and Judge Chhabria chose four cases to go to trial in Spring 2019. No official dates have been set but may be so as soon as tomorrow. Listed here in no particular order:

  1. Hardeman – Andrus Wagstaff
  2. Stevik – The Miller Firm
  3. Penrod – The Miller Firm
  4. Gibeyhou – unknown (I am unsure of the spelling of the plaintiff’s name and his lawyer’s name at this time.)

Disclaimer: These are the trials I am aware of after consulting with our attorneys and the other firms leading the Monsanto Roundup litigation. Trial dates are subject to change.

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Robin McCall
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Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC

Los Angeles ● Philadelphia ● Washington, D.C.

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Special thanks to…

Robin McCall
Media Relations

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC

Los Angeles ● Philadelphia ● Washington, D.C.

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Monsanto Trial Update….Closing Arguments

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Thank you Glyphosategirl Girl.….

DAY 17 – TODAY IS THEIR DAY OF RECKONING. CLOSING STATEMENTS PART I

It’s an eerie morning. The migrating smoke from wildfires north of San Francisco casts a sinister amber haze. As I drive north to San Francisco, it feels a bit like an ominous warzone. Wildfires are devastating communities in Mendocino and many other towns throughout California. I’m convincing myself that this can’t be any kind of superstitious sign about today’s Closing Statements. Perhaps we will have a metaphoric phoenix-rising situation.

San Francisco has a rather putrid combination of fog and light smoke filling the sky this morning.  The courthouse is surrounded by a long line of people awaiting security screening. At first, I celebrate that word of this case has finally spread, and eagerly scan the crowd for signs and megaphones of protest against Monsanto. I soon realize that the crowd is just there for jury duty and that San Francisco is so much more Silicon Valley 2018 than Haight Ashbury 1968.

The original plan was to move the trial back to the gigantic courtroom in which we heard Opening Statements. However, the trial was mysteriously reassigned back downstairs to the small courtroom. Press get seats and any extras are distributed by lottery. By the time the trial starts, the chairs are all filled by media, friends of friends, actresses, big men, tiny men, hippies, lawyers, moms and activists. One amazing woman is getting the RoundUp out of Berkeley. There are fancy suited people that I have never seen before at the trial – I think they must be Monsanto execs. The attendees who didn’t hit it big in the lottery are watching video streaming of the trial upstairs.

News channels film interviews of the lawyers in the hallways. There is not much blank wall space in the courthouse, so the interviews are filmed in front of a small stretch of white wall near the bathrooms by default.

Today is Brent Wisner’s championship match. He looks particularly handsome and charming, with charismatic eyes and a wide, warm smile. His parents have a prime seat in the audience. Wisner remind kms me of a lot of fraternity guys that I’ve known – smart, fun and ever so slightly disheveled. His distinctive laugh is so boisterous that it can be heard down the hall. Before heading into the courtroom, I briefly chat with Lee Johnson and reaffirm what a warm, creative, and impressively level-headed man he is. This verdict just has to go his way.

It seems impossible to create an argument that could top that of the Plaintiff. Even if I correct for my substantial bias, my opinion is that the limited science that Plaintiff was allowed to present was sufficient to show that Ranger Pro caused Lee Johnson’s cancer.

PLAINTIFF CLOSING HERE

After lunch, it seems simply an empty exercise for Monsanto to present any further argument. Mr. Lombardi is up, wearing a blue-green tie. As I try to decipher the meaning in the ties, I conclude that attorneys should always wear a muted purple for closing arguments. How they are visually painted matters and purple is warm. It’s a combination of politically loaded blue and red, and a symbol of hope and intelligence.

But today, it’s friendly blue-green for Lombardi and serious executive-gray for Wisner.

MONSANTO CLOSING STATEMENTS CAN BE READ HERE

 

You can see replay of jury verdict in @MonsantoCo #Rounduptrial here

 

$250 in punitive damages for company acting with ‘malice’ in not adequately warning customers of known dangers of its herbicide

Well weather this sticks to wall is yet to be seen….

 

Until Next Time

Happy Gardening