The Monsanto case verdicts have been included in Law360’s Top Product Liability Cases of 2019. The legal news service’s midyear review details how damages were sought against Monsanto for failing to warn consumers of the risk of cancer caused by Roundup use and exposure. The verdicts featured in the Law360 review are just the first few successful cases against Monsanto thus far. With 13,400 pending cases against them, there is likely to be many more verdicts awarded in consumers’ favor.
The Monsanto cases have been closely followed due to the company’s ‘failure to warn’ consumers about the known cancer risk of their product. These cases are beginning to set a future precedent against the use of glyphosate in weed-killers: it’s thought that manufacturers are starting to investigate alternative chemicals and move away from this carcinogenic ingredient.
Other features in Law360’s midyear review include the case of the families of Sandy Hook shooting victims against Remington Arms, the manufacturer of the weapon used in the attack. The review also includes an instance in which a ruling in the Third Circuit reversed an earlier decision. The reversal revolves around the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s responsibility for label changes in failure-to-warn scenarios in the Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp vs. Doris Albrecht et al. case.
The inclusion of Monsanto verdicts and other top-priority cases in the Law360 review illustrates the importance of these decisions in the field of product liability litigation and policy. This midyear review is also a reflection of the work put into these cases from law firms like The Miller Firm LLC.