Bayer, which bought Monsanto for $63 billion nearly a year ago, just lost the third trial over claims its Roundup weedkiller causes cancer. A jury in Oakland, California awarded more than $2 billion in punitive damages to a husband and wife who claimed they got cancer after using RoundUp for residential landscaping for over 30 years. Monsanto is the named defendant in similar US lawsuits filed by at least 13,400 plaintiffs.
In addition, French investigators opened an inquiry on Bayer’s Monsanto Unit following the filing of a complaint by Le Monde newspaper alleging that Monsanto had kept a file of 200 names, including journalists and lawmakers, in hopes of influencing positions on pesticides.
Not a great day for Bayer and its Monsanto unit.
The first piece of bad news was that Bayer just lost the third trial in a row over claims its Roundup weedkiller causes cancer.
The jury found Roundup had been defectively designed, that the company failed to warn of the herbicide’s cancer risk and that the company acted negligently.
In the stunning verdict, sure to be appealed, a jury in state court in Oakland, California, issued its verdict Monday, awarding a total of more than $2 billion in punitive damages to a husband and wife over there cancer claims.
The jury hit Monsanto with another $1 BILLION in punitive damages for Alva Pilliod. The total is a $2.055 billion verdict. — Dorothy M. Atkins (@doratki) May 13, 2019
As Bloomberg reports, the jurors agreed that Alva and Alberta Pilliod’s use of Roundup over about 30 years for residential landscaping was a “substantial factor” in causing them to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
The University of Oxford study indicates COVID-19 may have infected half the British population. The results suggest that the coronavirus is not as nearly as serious as claimed by the Imperial College, which predicted that half-a-million people in the UK would die.
People who question the mainstream media’s claims of hospitals looking like war zones due to floods of people infected and dying from the coronavirus have filmed scenes at hospitals that appear empty, as though the narrative has been invented.
After signing the record-breaking $6.2-trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Act over the weekend, President Trump called for an additional $2-trillion spending in the upcoming ‘phase 4’ coronavirus stimulus. US agencies say they need $600-billion of the pie.
Thomas Massie explains that the Coronavirus stimulus bill is the largest wealth transfer in human history and would make Roman emperors blush. He warns of a fourth stimulus bill, insider trading and continuing lockdown.
Jerry Day explains why the tests for coronavirus are worthless. The tests have been used on dead people to create false death statistics. Day points to the real crisis, which is economic, caused by debt and policies of the banking cartel called the Federal Reserve.
The NRA is suing California officials for closing gun stores during the coronavirus outbreak, accusing them of “promoting a gun-control agenda that suffocates your self-defense rights when you need them most.”
Videos of armored military vehicles being transported by train through Southern California concerned people after the governor called on the National Guard in response to the coronavirus. Officials claimed it was only routine movement and that the National Guard has not been officially mobilized.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is using the COVID-19 outbreak to press for sweeping new powers that include being able to detain Americans indefinitely without a warrant or a trial. [Not to worry. It’s necessary to protect against coronavirus. Right?]
Millions of dollars of produce is rotting due to the closure of restaurants, and is affecting many other businesses. Food shortages could result from this unprecedented strain on supply chains. He concludes that shutdown of the economy will cost more lives than the virus.
The Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act of 2020, proposes all imaginable gun-control regulations, including national gun license, “Red Flag” gun confiscation, a 30% gun tax, an a 50% ammo tax, more no-gun zones, and much more.
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Dicamba is key to Monsanto’s biggest-ever biotech seed launch, which occurred last year. Its Xtend line of soybeans and cotton will replace earlier products that contained glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup Ready.
The beer brands included Coors Light, Miller Lite, Budweiser, Corona, Heineken, Guinness, Stella Artois, New Belgium, Sierra Nevada and Samuel Adams, and the wine brands were Beringer, Sutter Home, Barefoot, Inkarri and Frey Vineyards. The levels detected were below limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency, but critics still believe it is harmful.
A retired EPA official is at the center of more than 20 lawsuits that allege Monsanto failed to warn of cancer risks from glyphosate, the key ingredient in its Roundup weed killer. Jess Rowland, a former EPA deputy division director, is accused of helping Monsanto by publishing a report advising that there was not enough evidence to link glyphosate to cancer, which preempted further research. The EPA is trying to stop his deposition in March.