October 4, 2016 — A panel of federal judges have created a Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2741) to centralize dozens of Roundup lawsuits in one court in California.
In an order (PDF) issued on October 3, judges centralized 37 Roundup lawsuits pending in 21 separate district courts in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California under Judge Vince Chhabria.
All of the lawsuits accuse Monsanto of failing to warn consumers and regulators about the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma from exposure to Roundup, a popular weed-killer that contains glyphosate.
Lawyers also say the combination of glyphosate with the surfactant POEA makes Roundup even more toxic than glyphosate alone.
All of the plaintiffs supported centralization but disagreed on the venue. Judges chose the Northern District of California because two of the earliest-filed and most advanced cases are pending there.
With at least 10 law firms already involved, streamlining the litigation in an MDL should improve efficiency and bring a faster resolution. Centralizing the lawsuits will also eliminate duplicate discovery, avoid inconsistent rulings, and conserve the resources of the judiciary.
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