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In re Roundup Productions Liability Litigation

ELR Citation: 48 ELR 20118
Nos. 16-md-02741-VC, (N.D. Cal., 07/10/2018) (Chhabria, J.)

A district court denied an herbicide manufacturer's motion for summary judgment against claims brought by users of one of its products alleging that the weedkiller caused them to develop non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), and ruled that the claims could proceed. The users alleged that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the manufacturer's product, is capable of causing NHL at exposure levels humans might have experienced. To support their claim, the users provided testimony from six experts, all of whom reviewed the available scientific evidence and concluded that glyphosate is capable of causing NHL in humans. The manufacturer moved to exclude the users' experts, but the court found that three of the experts' opinions, while shaky, were admissible because they were premised on reliable scientific principles. Because the users presented evidence from which a reasonable jury could find causation, the court denied the manufacturer's motion for summary judgment.