“There are thousands of other cases filed around the United States and countless other people out there who are suffering from cancer because Monsanto didn’t give them a choice … We now have a way forward.”
In the weeks that followed the Johnson verdict, Monsanto asked the judge overseeing the trial to vacate the jury’s verdict. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos denied Monsanto’s request but did reduce the total damages award to $78.5 million. Faced with the choice of accepting the judge’s ruling or opting for a new trial, Mr. Johnson decided to take the reduced amount to hopefully achieve a final resolution in his case within his lifetime.
Monsanto filed a notice of appeal in the California State Court of Appeals (Case No. A155940) in November of 2018 and Johnson filed a cross-appeal shortly thereafter, seeking to reinstate the jury award. Monsanto’s opening brief is due in April.
Next Monsanto Roundup Cancer Case Begins in California State Court
Alva Pilliod and his wife, Alberta, allege that long term exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide caused them to develop NHL. The Pilliod’s case is the third Monsanto Roundup cancer case to proceed to trial.
The tentative trial schedule for Pilliod v. Monsanto:
Tue. 3/19: Motions in Limine discussions
Wed. 3/20: Jurors panel fills out questionnaires, address hardship issues
Thurs. 3/21: Review questionnaires
Fri. 3/22: Dark
Mon. 3/25: Voir dire, for cause challenges, jury selection