Updated August 2019
Monsanto Company (now Bayer) is facing thousands of lawsuits across the United States filed by individuals who allege exposure to Roundup weed killer caused them to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). The first trial against Monsanto ended on August 10, 2018 with a unanimous jury verdict of $289 million for a Benicia, California school district groundskeeper, Dewayne “Lee” Johnson. The Johnson case is currently on appeal in the California State Court of Appeals.
The second case to go to trial ended with a $80 million verdict on behalf of Edwin Hardeman and the third case to go to trial against Monsanto resulted in a $2.055 billion verdict on behalf of an elderly couple who both developed cancer after exposure to Roundup.
Most of the Roundup cancer lawsuits are filed in various state courts. Others are consolidated in a federal multi-district litigation (MDL) in Northern California. As of August 1, 2019, at least 10,462 cases are filed in state courts. In addition, approximately 3,600 are part of the federal multi-district litigation and approximately 529 are part of the JCCP.
Below you will find the Monsanto Roundup trial schedule for cases throughout the U.S.
Upcoming Monsanto Trial Dates
10/15/2019 – St. Louis City Court – 15 plaintiffs – Winston is the lead case – Weitz Luxenberg
01/15/2020 – Lake County Superior Court, Lakeport, CA – Bellah (not part of the JCCP) – Baum Hedlund
01/21/2020 – St. Louis City Court – 10 plaintiffs – Wade is the lead case – The Miller Firm
01/27/2020 – St. Louis County Court – Gordon – Andrus Wagstaff and Holland Law Firm
02/10/2020 – Federal Court – U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California – Stevick – The Miller Firm
02/10/2020 – St. Louis City Court – 24 plaintiffs – Kane – Weitz Luxenberg, Lundy Lundy Soileau & South, Baum Hedlund
April 2020 – 18th Judicial District Court Gallatin County, Bozeman, MT – Cazier – Andrus Wagstaff
02/01/2021 – St. Louis City Court – 10 plaintiffs – Coats – Baum Hedlund (9 plaintiffs), Pogust Millrood (1 plaintiff)
Completed Monsanto Roundup Cancer Trials
- Johnson v. Monsanto began on 6/18/18 and ended on 8/10/2018 with a $289M verdict, later reduced to $78M. (First ever trial/CA state trial)
- Hardeman v. Monsanto began on 2/25/2019 and ended on 3/27/2019 with a $80M verdict, later reduced to $25.2M. (First federal trial)
- Pilliod et al., v. Monsanto – began on 3/28/2019 and ended on 5/13/2019 with a $2.055 billion verdict, later reduced to $86.7M. (First CA JCCP trial)
Federal Monsanto Roundup Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) Schedule
Federal MDL Roundup Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2741)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
San Francisco, California
Lead Case No. 3:16-md-02741
#1 Federal trial – Hardeman v. Monsanto began 2/25/19 and ended on 3/27/2019 with a $80M verdict.
The Honorable Judge Vince Chhabria was the presiding judge. As of August 1, 2019, 3,600 plaintiffs with non-Hodgkin lymphoma have filed cases in federal courts across the country. These cases have been transferred and are consolidated before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman senior partner Michael Baum is a member of the Executive Committee for the Monsanto Roundup MDL.
Judge Chhabria chose three bellwether cases for trial:
Hardeman v. Monsanto, Case No. 3:16-cv-00525 (resulted in $80M jury verdict)
Stevick v. Monsanto, Case No. 3:16-cv-02341 (scheduled for February 10, 2020)
Gebeyehou v. Monsanto, Case No. 3:16-cv-05813 (trial date TBD)
The first Roundup MDL trial on behalf of Edwin Hardeman (case. no. 4:16-cv-00525-DMR / MDL Case No. 3:16-md-02741) began on Feb. 25, 2019 and ended on March 27, 2019 with a unanimous jury verdict of $80 million. Our firm assisted co-lead attorneys Aimee Miller and Jennifer Moore with the Hardeman trial as members of the MDL Executive Committee by presenting and preparing experts, corporate testimony and documents for the trial. Though he was not co-lead in the Hardeman case, Baum Hedlund partner, Brent Wisner, presented one of the key fact witnesses for the plaintiff, Dr. Christopher Portier, and cross-examined many of Monsanto’s corporate witnesses during the Hardeman trial.
Monsanto Roundup Trial Schedule for State Court Cases
Very first Roundup cancer trial – Johnson v. Monsanto began on 6/18/18 and ended on 8/10/2018 with a $289M verdict.
The first ever Roundup cancer lawsuit to proceed to trial was for Dewayne “Lee “Johnson, a groundskeeper for the Benicia Unified School District in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Johnson alleged exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer caused him to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto Company (case no. CGC-16-550128) went to trial on June 18, 2018 and resulted in a $289 million verdict on August 10, 2018. The Miller Firm, Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman and Audet & Partners represented Mr. Johnson at trial. The trial took place at Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco. The jury found that Roundup was a substantial factor in causing Mr. Johnson’s cancer and also awarded punitive damages against Monsanto for failing to warn consumers that exposure to Roundup weed killer causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Lead trial attorney, R. Brent Wisner, served as co-lead trial counsel for Mr. Johnson and delivered the opening and closing statements at trial, as well as presenting most of the scientific evidence and cross-examining of Monsanto’s experts.
#1 CA JCCP trial – Pilliod v. Monsanto began on 3/28/2019 and ended on 5/13/2019 with a momentous verdict of $2.055 billion.
Roundup Judicial Council Coordination Proceedings (JCCP)
California Superior Court for the County of Alameda
JCCP No. 4953
Many of the cases filed in California state courts are consolidated in the Roundup JCCP. As of August 1, 2019, 529 state court cases have been consolidated before the California Superior Court for the County of Alameda. The presiding judge is Judge Winifred Smith.
Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman attorney and partner R. Brent Wisner is administrator and co-lead counsel for the Roundup JCCP.
The first trial in the California Roundup JCCP began on March 28, 2019. The plaintiffs were Mr. Alva Pilliod and his wife, Mrs. Alberta Pilliod (case no. RG17862702). The Pilliods alleged exposure to Roundup caused them both to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The Miller Firm, Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, Audet & Partners and Brady Law Group represented the Pilliods at trial. Baum Hedlund partner, R. Brent Wisner, delivered the opening and closing arguments, presented scientific evidence and cross-examined many of Monsanto’s experts during the Pilliod trial. The Alameda County jury in this case returned a verdict of $2.055 billion in favor of Mr. and Mrs. Pilliod, ordering Monsanto to pay $55 million in compensatory damages and $2 billion in punitive damages ($1 billion each for Mr. and Mrs. Pilliod) for failing to warn consumers that exposure to Roundup weed killer causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
St. Louis City Court
22nd Circuit Court for the City of St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri
Example Case No. 1622-CC01071
Thousands of cases are filed in St. Louis City Court and St. Louis County Court.
The first St. Louis City Court trial is currently scheduled for October 15, 2019 for 15 plaintiffs. Winston is the lead case and it will be tried by Weitz Luxenberg.
The next trial in St. Louis City Court is scheduled to begin on January 21, 2020 for 10 plaintiffs. Wade is the lead case. Two more trials are scheduled after that. One is scheduled for February 10, 2020 (Kane is the lead case) and the other one is scheduled to begin on February 1, 2021 (Coats is the lead case).
St. Louis County Court
21st Circuit Court for the County of St. Louis
St. Louis County, Missouri
The first St. Louis County Court trial had been scheduled for August 19, 2019 but was rescheduled for January 27, 2020. The plaintiff is Sharlean Gordon. Her case is part of the Adams complaint. She is represented by Andrus Wagstaff.
Three other cases in St. Louis County are slated for 2020, though no dates are set.
Liability and specific causation discovery for each case is ongoing.
18th Judicial District Court Gallatin County
Example Case No. DV 17-883C
Plaintiff with terminal cancer in Cazier v. Monsanto filed a motion for priority trial. The trial is scheduled for April 2020.
Superior Court of the State of Delaware
Example Case No. N16C-04-037 VLM
Dozens of lawsuits against Monsanto have been filed in Superior Courts for the state of Delaware. No trial dates are currently scheduled.