The former Monsanto Co., Chairman and CEO is appealing a judge's order that would let lawyers question him on trial in the case of a cancer patient who alleges the company's pesticide Roundup led to his non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL).

In an attempt to not have to stand trial in the case of Allan Shelton vs. Monsanto, former Monstanto Co. Chairman and CEO Hugh Grant is appealing a judge's order so that he doesn't have to stand trial in the case that's scheduled to start next month in Kansas City.

It's a civil suit in which Allan Shelton, who suffers from non-Hodgkin lymphoma alleges that exposure to Monsanto's Roundup weed killer (among other herbicides that have glyphosate in them) caused him to develop NHL. His is one of more than 100,000 people across the U.S. who are filing similar lawsuits.

His lawyers allege that Grant not only was a decision-maker in the company's roundup business but an active participant and knew of the risks for using glyphosate. As such, he should stand trial.

Grant's lawyers, obviously, filed a ton of documents to prevent that from happening, looking to prevent him from having to testify in person in the Kansas City trial.

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Charles McKenzie approved of the subpoena requesting Grant's presence but Grant's lawyers claim that's in excess of the judge's authority and an abuse of his discretion in the trial.

Grant's lawyers want the judge to grant a protective order for him, and to issue a writ of prohibition, which basically says the judge doesn't have the power to call Grant to the stand for several reasons--one of which is that he's retired, as well as because it would be oppressive and burdensome.

Kind of like getting cancer from a product people knowingly used despite the dangers, but we digress...

Grant also claims in the filings that he left Monsanto in 2018 when the company was sold to Bayer AG, and he's already given a deposition via videotape for all the Roundup litigation and that this should be used.

Claiming his testimony would hold no value because he's not an expert, he shouldn't be questioned about Roundup's safety.

In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen. There are internal Monsanto documents that go back for decades that show people within the company were quite aware of possible issues but they purposely chose to suppress the information and manipulate scientific literature to continue to sell the popular herbicide.

Bayer bought Monsanto right when the first cancer trial started in 2018, and has said it will remove Roundup and any other glyphosate products they have from the market in 2023.


Oh, that's right...because Bayer is still working to settle a ton of other outstanding litigation and so far, has paid out (or agreed to) over $11 billion in reparations and settlements.

You'd almost feel bad for Bayer buying into Monsanto and paying the price for their possible and alleged deception except...the company still says that glyphosate products are safe and don't cause cancer.

So, they're standing on that claim and they can deal with the consequences.

Let's see if Monsanto's former CEO has to as well.