Early on in the trial, Judge Chhabria threatened to "shut down" Hardeman's lead attorney Aimee Wagstaff for violating the judge's ban on presenting the jury with evidence that Monsanto attempted to manipulate regulators, including by ghostwriting safety reviews of its flagship herbicide.
Judge is ripping into Aimee Wagstaff again saying he wants to sanction her $1,000 and maybe the whole plaintiff's legal team as well. Calling her actions "incredibly dumb" -
Holy Sh. Judge now dismisses jury for break and then RIPS into plaintiff's attorney - says she has "crossed the line" and is "totally inappropriate" in her opening statements. Says this is her "final warning." Never a dull moment at the @Bayer Monsanto Roundup cancer trial.
Chhabria also threatened to dismiss the case entirely and made repeated comments about the plaintiff's "shaky" evidence. The judge interrupted Wagstaff on numerous occasions during her opening statements, including when she tried to introduce Hardeman's wife and began to tell the story of their life and what it was like when Hardeman first discovered the lump in his neck.
Plaintiff's attorney Aimee Wagstaff opens by introducing wife of plaintiff, and starts to tell story of their life and Hardeman finding lump in his neck; Judge Chhabria interrupts to tell Aimee to stick to comments dealing with causation only.
Chhabria ultimately ordered Wagstaff to pay a $500 fine for angering him. Sanctions bite. Plaintiff's attorney in Monsanto Roundup cancer trial pays for angering judge in her opening statement.
The sanction sparked a wave of anger and frustration from people around the world following the trial. In fact, it triggered "a flood of emails from lawyers and other individuals offering support and expressing outrage at the judge's action," Gillam reported.
Judge's decision last week to sanction plaintiff's lead attorney Aimee Wagstaff in @Bayer Monsanto Roundup cancer trial reportedly triggered flood of emails to Wagstaff from lawyers and others offering support and expressing outrage at the judge's action. tk.org/pesticides/monsanto-roundup-trial-tracker/
Monsanto #RoundupTrial Tracker: New Developments from @USRighttoKnow Find updates to the ongoing litigation against Monsanto Company in this tip sheet. #RoundupTrial
Third Roundup cancer trial set for March 25 [Hardeman vs. Monsanto is the second trial involving Monsanto's cancer-causing Roundup weedkiller. Hardeman, 70, alleges that Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller caused his non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) cancer]
For nearly three decades, Hardeman said he used Roundup to kill weeds on his various California properties. He said he stopped using the weedkiller in 2012 and was diagnosed with NHL in 2016.
The Guardian reported on March 5 that Hardeman's case is "high-stakes" as it's considered a "bellwether" trial for the more than 9,000 similar lawsuits currently pending in the U.S. This means the verdict in Hardmen's case could affect future litigation and possible settlements.
March 18, 2019
Jurors Want to Hear From Plaintiff Again
Today marks the beginning of the fourth week of the Hardeman V. Monsanto Roundup cancer trial, and jurors were still deliberating over the sole question that they must answer to close out the first phase of the trial and potentially move into the second phase.