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U.S. Judge Selects First Case in Federal Monsanto Weedkiller Litigation

A U.S. judge overseeing the federal litigation against Bayer AG’s (BAYGn.DE) Monsanto unit over glyphosate-based weed-killers allegedly causing cancer on Tuesday selected the first case to be tried in federal court in February 2019.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chaabria in San Francisco in an order said the case of California resident Edwin Hardeman will be the first out of more than 620 cases pending in the federal litigation to go to a jury.

Hardeman’s case will mark the second trial in the U.S. litigation over glyphosate, after a California state court jury in August awarded $289 million to a school groundskeeper, finding Monsanto liable for the man’s cancer.

Damages were later reduced to $78 million, and Bayer, which denies the allegations, said it would appeal the decision.

Its share price, however, has dropped more than 30 percent since the Aug. 10 jury verdict and the company faces some 9,300 U.S. glyphosate lawsuits.

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