A federal judge in San Francisco overseeing lawsuits against Bayer AG’s Roundup weed killer tentatively allowed controversial pieces of evidence in the first phase of the latest trials.
A Reuters article says the U.S. District Judge called his decision “probably most disappointing for Monsanto,” the Bayer subsidiary that manufactures Roundup. The company continues to deny the allegations that glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup, causes cancer. Monsanto also says decades of independent studies have shown the chemical is safe for human use.
With the judge’s decision, plaintiffs can now introduce some evidence of Monsanto’s alleged attempts to ghostwrite studies and influence the findings of scientists and regulators.