STORY FROM: Benzene & Emerging Toxic Torts Litigation

Calif. Court Grants Motion to Bifurcate Discovery in Roundup Exposure Suit

SAN DIEGO –– A California federal court has granted a motion to bifurcate discovery in a Roundup exposure suit over plaintiff objections, opining that whether Roundup is capable of causing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a threshold issue “on which of plaintiff’s claims rest.”

In the Aug. 2 order, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California said that “competent expert testimony is generally necessary to establish causation in a personal injury action.”

“The allegations in plaintiff’s complaint span forty years and delve into defendant’s marketing, labeling, and testing of Roundup,” the court said. “Proceeding immediately on all issues would ...

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