Six attorneys who worked on the plaintiffs’ opening statement in the first federal trial over the herbicide Roundup plan to file responses in court Wednesday as to why a federal judge who sanctioned lead trial counsel Aimee Wagstaff should not impose the same penalties on them.
On Feb. 26, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, overseeing the trial in San Francisco, ordered Wagstaff, of Andrus Wagstaff, to pay $500 as a sanction for “obvious violations” of his pretrial orders in her opening statement. The trial, which alleged that Monsanto’s Roundup caused a man to get non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, ended in an $80 million verdict for Wagstaff’s client March 27. As part of the sanctions, however, Chhabria ordered Wagstaff to provide a list of all attorneys who worked with her on the opening statement for possible sanctions, as well.
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