LOS ANGELES, February 9, 2022 – Proskauer, a leading international law firm, is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the Daily Journal in its list of “Top Verdicts for 2021” for the Firm’s victory in a consumer litigation case. In December 2021, Proskauer secured a landmark victory for Monsanto in a case brought by a woman claiming that use of the herbicide Roundup caused her non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. A California jury rejected the claims, returning a defense verdict on all counts.
The Daily Journal’s annual list highlights the most significant verdicts and appellate reversals in California.
“The jury's verdict is especially important for Monsanto because ‘it's the first case where there's a finding ... by the jury on the issue of general causation’,” Partner Bart Williams said during an interview with The Daily Journal.
The verdict in Stephens v. Monsanto is the second defense verdict in the Roundup mass tort litigation and the first involving a plaintiff who used the product herself. All prior trials with plaintiffs who claimed to have personally applied Roundup resulted in verdicts against Monsanto ranging from $80 million to over $2 billion.
"I truly believe in this case we had the scientific truth on our side," Partner Manuel Cachán said during an interview with The Daily Journal.
The Proskauer team advising Monsanto was led by Bart Williams and Manuel Cachán, and included partner Lee Popkin, senior counsel Shawn Ledingham, former special litigation counsel Jennifer Jones, associates Jennifer Yang, Christina Assi, Kelly Curtis, Om Alladi, Hena Vora, Seth Victor, Hannah Silverman, and paralegals Jeff Soldridge, Stacey Evans, Abby Rubin, Julian McCarthy, and Catie Goodell (Litigation).
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