Roundup Trial Expedited By California Judge Over Health Concerns

On Thursday, November 15, a California judge granted a couple’s request to expedite their trial to March 18 for their lawsuit alleging Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro herbicides gave them cancer. The couple, Alva Pilliod, 76, and his wife Alberta Pilliod, 74 believed their health could impact their ability to pursue their claims. In the eight-page ruling, Judge Petrou noted how the couple was not in good health and that regardless of their cancer being in remission, waiting would have significantly impacted their interest at trial.

The State of the Monsanto Roundup Cases and the Pilliod’s Case

Couple Alva Pilliod and Alberta Pilliod are one of many plaintiffs in the Monsanto Roundup debacle. The first trial, held this past August in San Francisco state court, involved groundskeeper DeWayne “Lee” Johnson receiving $289 million, after finding the Roundup weed killer was a substantial factor in causing his non-Hodgkin lymphoma. However, the state judge later cut $211 million from Johnson’s punitive damages award, while Monsanto sought to vacate the verdict, claiming inflammatory comments were made by Johnson’s attorneys. More about Johnson’s trial with Monsanto can be found here.

Johnson’s trial is the first of many upcoming lawsuits against Monsanto, with the first round of trials in multidistrict litigation set to begin February 25 in San Francisco before U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria. Another trial, involving plaintiff Jeff Hall, was set to start February 5 in a St. Louis Circuit Court, but has since been postponed. Michael Miller of The Miller Law Firm represents Hall in his case, as well as the Pilliods. Like Hall and the Pilliods, multiple individuals initially sued Monsanto in June 2017, with claims that glyphosate — the active ingredient in Monsanto’s popular herbicide, Roundup — gave them cancer.

Although there were many claims from individuals claiming the weed killer gave them cancer, some patients’ cases have been severed from the suit. Meanwhile, Alva Pilliod, who had asked Judge Petrou to add his wife, Alberta Pilliod who was also diagnosed with lymphoma, as a plaintiff, also argued for trial preference so that their trial date could be rescheduled before February 8. Pilliod’s argument was based on the couple’s age and health conditions.

Initially, judge Petrou only granted Alva Pilliod’s request to add his wife as a plaintiff, but denied an expedited trial. Alva has had multiple seizures recently and although Alberta’s status isn’t as bad, she regularly gets dizzy spells and has double vision. After hearing Michael Miller, the Pilliod’s attorney, argue that chemotherapy is giving them “chemo brain” and impairing their ability to participate in their trial properly and learning that the couple has suffered from multiple seizures and dizzy spells, Judge Petrou additionally granted Alva Pilliod’s request to expedite the trial.

Get a Lawyer for your Monsanto Roundup Case

Many individuals, like the Pilliods, Jeff Hall, and DeWayne Johnson have claimed to been diagnosed with cancer, specifically Hodgkin Lymphoma, due to the usage of Roundup weed killer. Bayer AG, who recently acquired Monsanto, expressed sympathy for the plaintiffs but also stated they are confident that their glyphosate-based herbicides were not the cause of the plaintiffs’ injuries and will therefore vehemently defend the products at trial.

If you believe your cancer was caused by Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer, you can seek legal counsel at the Eichholz Law Firm. We’ll examine your case free of charge and will get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us for a professional lawyer today.