“Repeated misconduct by plaintiffs’ counsel” influenced jurors who awarded more than $2 billion to a California couple in a trial over Roundup herbicide, according to Monsanto Co. in court documents seeking to overturn the verdict.
In a motion for a new trial filed Monday, Monsanto, now owned by Bayer AG, cited several remarks from plaintiffs attorneys during trial, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency having “blood on their hands” and that glyphosate was “in the food. It’s all over the place.” Such “inflammatory argument” was among a list of reasons why Alameda County Superior Court Judge Winifred Smith should overturn the May 13 verdict or, at the very least, substantially reduce the award, Monsanto’s lawyers wrote.
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