The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a suite of bills that would make it harder for ordinary people to take corporations like Monsanto to court—even if a company’s product is proven to cause serious injury or illness.
The bills—three of them—will soon head to the Senate.
No corporation would be happier to see these bills passed than Monsanto, which is facing hundreds of lawsuits over its flagship product, Roundup herbicide.
In 2015, the World Health Organization classified glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s top-selling Roundup herbicide, as a “probable” human carcinogen.
Since then, a California law firm has filed over 700 claims against Monsanto on behalf of people, or families of people, who developed (or died from) non-Hodgkin lymphoma after being exposed to Roundup.
If Congress passes bills like H.R. 985, the type of lawsuits against Monsanto won’t be able to proceed through the courts—and Monsanto’s victims will likely never be able to hold Monsanto accountable.