December 17, 2018 / 9:49 PM / 8 months ago

Plaintiffs in Monsanto Roundup MDL call trial bifurcation 'unheard of'

Plaintiffs suing Bayer AG’s Monsanto unit in federal court alleging the company’s glyphosate-based weedkiller Roundup causes cancer are calling the judge’s proposal to bifurcate upcoming bellwethers into separate general causation and specific causation trials “unorthodox” and “ill-advised.”

Lawyers for the roughly 650 claimants told U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, who is overseeing the multidistrict litigation over glyphosate, in a brief filed on Thursday that splitting trials into multiple phases was “just not done in MDL mass torts.”

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