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Breakthrough in explosive lawsuit against Monsanto

by Jon Rappoport

May 23, 2018

A San Francisco lawsuit against Monsanto and its weedkiller, Roundup, is moving forward. And it’s just received a new green light from the judge in the case.

Monsanto’s lawyers are bracing for a deep level of attack, which they were hoping to avoid. The judge has ruled the jury can hear testimony on this issue: Monsanto suppressed evidence that Roundup causes cancer.

Reporter Carey Gillam has the story (The Guardian, 5/22): “At the age of 46, DeWayne Johnson is not ready to die. But with cancer spread through most of his body, doctors say he probably has just months to live. Now Johnson, a husband and father of three in California, hopes to survive long enough to make Monsanto take the blame for his fate.”

“On 18 June, Johnson will become the first person to take the global seed and chemical company to trial on allegations that it has spent decades hiding the cancer-causing dangers of its popular Roundup herbicide products – and his case has just received a major boost.”

“Last week Judge Curtis Karnow issued an order clearing the way for jurors to consider not just scientific evidence related to what caused Johnson’s cancer, but allegations that Monsanto suppressed evidence of the risks of its weed killing products. Karnow ruled that the trial will proceed and a jury would be allowed to consider possible punitive damages.”

“’The internal correspondence noted by Johnson could support a jury finding that Monsanto has long been aware of the risk that its glyphosate-based herbicides are carcinogenic … but has continuously sought to influence the scientific literature to prevent its internal concerns from reaching the public sphere and to bolster its defenses in products liability actions’, [Judge] Karnow wrote.” [Yes, the Judge in the case wrote that statement.]

“Johnson’s case, filed in San Francisco county superior court in California, is at the forefront of a legal fight against Monsanto. Some 4,000 plaintiffs have sued Monsanto alleging exposure to Roundup caused them, or their loved ones, to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). Another case is scheduled for trial in October, in Monsanto’s home town of St Louis, Missouri.”

“How the Johnson lawsuit plays out could be a bellwether for how other plaintiffs proceed. If Johnson prevails, there could be many more years of costly litigation and hefty damage claims. If Monsanto successfully turns back the challenge, it could derail other cases and lift pressure on the firm.”

“According to the court record, Johnson had a job as a groundskeeper for the Benicia unified school district where he applied numerous treatments of Monsanto’s herbicides to school properties from 2012 until at least late 2015. He was healthy and active before he got the cancer diagnosis in August 2014. In a January deposition, Johnson’s treating physician testified that more than 80% of his body was covered by lesions, and that he probably had but a few months to live.”

How will Monsanto proceed? First, they’ll argue that Johnson’s cancer could have been caused by other factors. They’ll throw the kitchen sink at the jury. It could have been genetics. It could have been lifestyle. It could have been causes that are still unknown to researchers. It could have been starlight from a galaxy far, far away. Monsanto’s lawyers will try to bury the jury in reams of supposition.

Second, they’ll show the jury an EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) finding that Roundup does not cause cancer. Like the FDA, the EPA has sided with major corporations in efforts to protect them. Monsanto will claim: “The federal government has asserted Roundup is safe, and that’s the end of our responsibility. The federal government is the final arbiter.” Which is to say: the truth isn’t the final arbiter.

Third, Monsanto will execute a series of acrobatic moves to prove they never suppressed evidence that Roundup causes cancer. They were simply “considering all relevant safety issues.” They were “posing various scenarios.” Their internal memos were “temporary work product” on the way to making a final judgment about Roundup’s safety. They were raising valid concerns about flawed studies that claimed Roundup was dangerous.

If all else fails, Monsanto might try to settle with Johnson—and then claim the $$ payout was simply a way to show compassion for his unfortunate condition—and move on—continuing to offer the public a fine and safe product (Roundup). No guilt admitted.

In the extreme—and I need to raise this question—might Monsanto, behind the scenes, secretly and illegally offer Johnson’s lawyer and his client a very large sum to present a weak case in court and let Monsanto win the case?

You decide.

If Monsanto has intentionally hidden the dire effects of Roundup for decades, while people have gotten sick and died, what wouldn’t they do?

Among the myriad scandals and crimes of Monsanto, here is one that sheds light on the mindset of the company. Axisoflogic.com reports (3/22/12): “In 2001, 3,600 inhabitants of the city of Anniston, Alabama, attacked Monsanto for PCB [a chlorine chemical] contamination. According to a report, declassified by the U.S. Agency of Environmental Protection (EPA), Monsanto for almost forty years dumped thousands of tons of contaminated waste in a stream and an open garbage dump in the heart of a black neighborhood in the city.”

“The way The Washington Post reported the story is instructive: ‘Monsanto documents — many emblazoned with warnings such as ‘CONFIDENTIAL: Read and Destroy’ — show that for decades, the corporate giant concealed what it did and what it knew. In 1966, Monsanto managers discovered that fish submerged in that creek turned belly-up within 10 seconds, spurting blood and shedding skin as if dunked into boiling water. They told no one.”

“Monsanto was finally convicted in 2002 of having polluted ‘the territory of Anniston and the blood of its people with the PCB’. The firm was ordered to pay $ 700 million in damages and to guarantee the cleaning-up of the city. No legal action was brought against the company officials.”

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Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

Source: https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/breakthrough-in-explosive-lawsuit-against-monsanto/

7 thoughts on “Breakthrough in explosive lawsuit against Monsanto

  1. But;
    Isn’t it a done deal between all parties,
    The pesticide manufacturers have assured;
    BigPharma …
    The manufacturers of medical pharmaceuticals,
    Their products will ….. cause as many diseases known & unknown to man.
    For which BigPharma –
    Will provide the curative toxins.
    Media will tell the magical tales that will embrace all evidence with the shroud of invisibility;
    Governments will provide the keys to all doors of lucrative potential
    The banking & financial sector will bless the endeavors with monies in abundance.
    All’s well that ends well.

  2. Oh:- the legal avenues !!!
    They will provide the circus, the curio shows, the freaks to gaze upon in wonderment, emotional turmoil,
    & Nietzsche’s chaos.
    & thus the supermen will have their moment.

  3. Blanket Coverage;
    It pays to be repetitive.
    Everytime you tell a story, a new listener, a new potential to squeeze through a crack in the impenetrable wall.
    You never know who is listening & what they can contribute.
    Today a coup came about.

  4. Interesting Article:

    Victorian medical clinic to be investigated over doctors medical fees by Rohan Smith.

    I do not understand why AUSTRALIANS – ATTEND – MEDICAL – CENTERS that do not BULK BILL everyone across the board.

    The arrogance of the PRIVATE – MEDICAL – PROFESSIONAL’S who are SO FULL OF THEMSELVES that they DO NOT REALIZE – that they are in reality – ONLY PUBLIC SERVANTS – ONLY PUBLIC SERVANTS.

    Australia has 2 & 1/2 times more doctors & surgeons & many other miscellaneous medical practitioners THAN AUSTRALIA NEEDS.

    If you ignore the CROOKS – for whom BULK BILLING FEES are not enough –
    Who go on to charge more than the lucrative monies they are paid from BULK BILLING their patients.

    They will go out of business.

    Australia has more medical personnel than we need


    PM Malcolm Turnbull is about introducing a budget that will drastically reduce spending on ESSENTIALS.

    While the affluent MEDICAL PROFESSIONS PUBLIC SERVANTS among us are lavished with money Australia can’t afford to pay.

  5. If doctors who are not content to be in receipt of BULK BILLING FEES only as payment for their skills.

    A) let them RETIRE.
    B) let them quit the medical profession & seek a new career path.
    C) let them relocate
    1) …. doctors are URGENTLY NEEDED throughout Africa.
    2) …. doctors are urgently needed throughout the Middle East.
    3) …. doctors are urgently needed throughout the Asia Pacific Region

    Why are these places short of doctors ???

    I read that a GP in Lebanon earns $20 a day & is treated with the contempt that they deserve.

    It is madness to pay these PUBLIC SERVANTS any more than the LUCRATIVE BULK BILLING FEES.

    SPOILT IS A BRILLIANT WORD TO DESCRIBE THE arrogance with which these medical professionals conduct themselves IN THE MARKET PLACE WHICH IS IN OVER SUPPLY in Australia.


    1) When does a surgeon’s hands begin to become unsteady enough to warrant – A RETIREMENT PACKAGE ???

    2) When does a surgeon begin to suffer CHRONIC OPERATIONAL FATIGUE enough for their judgement to be impaired enough to MAKE SURGEOCL MISTAKES / BLUNDERS ???

    3) Most certainly – if a medical professional were diagnosed with dementia – this would initiate INSTANT RETIREMENT ???

    How many DOTTY medical professional are out there still in practice ???
    All SUCKING on the medical healthcare TIT ???

  7. Up & down Sydney Rd.
    There are many hairdressers.
    Competition for the customer’s dollar is fierce.
    So much so … that the salon that I attend charges – ‘per’ amount/quantity of hair cut.
    I get a $3 discount.
    I am not entirely broke & these ladies do a wonderful job & can squeeze me in, in an emergency.
    So I choose to pay the full fee.

    The MARKET PLACE DICTATES PRICE & not being mollycoddled by a political arena that has no sense of VALUE FOR MONEY enough NOT TO THROW MONEY AWAY at the lethargic layabouts in our society.

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