Hear the Story of a Milestone Court Victory against Monsanto

An Event featuring Members of the Legal Team that helped win the Dave vs. Goliath case against the Monsanto corporation. Attend the Event  or Watch It on Livestream

Hosted by the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and Friends of the Earth

Posted January 28th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

A Brief Foreword from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –

In a  David vs. Goliath court battle last year against one of the world’s large manufacturers of chemicals and biotechnology for agriculture, lawyers representing a  school groundskeeper in California was able to win a $289-million damages suit against Monsanto.

For the first time in any court, lawyers were able to win a ruling that one of Monsanto’s major chemical products, identified by the trade name Round Up, was responsible for groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson’s cancer.

The August 2018 ruling was hailed as a major victory by environmentalists around the world and this January Wednesday, January 30th, the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and Canadian chapter of Friends of the Earth will be hosting the lawyers who represented Johnson in this milestone case at a special luncheon event in Toronto.

Here is some information from  CELA and Friends of the Earth on attending this  event in Toronto or on how you can watch a livestream feed of it at home –

CELA to co-host two events to learn about the precedent-setting California case against Monsanto (now Bayer)

CELA and Friends of the Earth invite you to hear from two of the California-based lawyers who represented school groundskeeper Dewayne “Lee” Johnson in his successful case against Monsanto (now Bayer).

Both events will feature Michael Baum and Brent Wisner, part of the legal team that successfully sued Monsanto. They helped win a US $289-million settlement, later reduced to US $78-million.

Join us for a public forum at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto on (Wednesday) January 30. The lawyers will be joined by Dr. Meg Sears, Chairperson of Prevent Cancer Now, who will provide a context-setting presentation of health trends and concerns in Canada.

WHEN: January 30, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm
WHAT: A strategic briefing for concerned citizens
WHERE: The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
Register here.

We will also host a lunch-hour briefing session for lawyers and activists at the CELA offices on (Thursday) January 31. CELA Counsel Joseph Castrilli will add a Canadian perspective to this case. Lunch will be provided.

WHEN: January 31, 12 pm–1:15 pm
WHAT: Briefing for lawyers and activists
WHERE: CELA offices, Toronto
Register here.

This lunch-hour event will also be livestreamed on CELA’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrPXm0JvYLLL0fJYsooHyJA

To read stories on the successful lawsuit against Monsanto, click on – https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/sep/25/monsanto-dewayne-johnson-cancer-verdict .

And https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/10/health/monsanto-johnson-trial-verdict/index.html .

 

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