August 20, 2018

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Today’s episode takes an in-depth look at the recent $289 million dollar verdict handed down by a California state jury for a man who alleges that the herbicide Roundup (TM) gave him cancer.

First, we break down the facts of the lawsuit. Then, we have on special guest Yvette d’Entremont — a.k.a. the SciBabe — to break down the science behind glyphosate (the active chemical in Roundup).

After that, it’s time for everyone’s favorite Thomas (& Yvette) Take the Bar Exam, where our dynamic duo attempts to get it right when it comes to the proper measure of damages for breach of contract.

Show Notes & Links

  1. If you’d like to read some of the original court documents, here’s the Roundup complaint, the Roundup motion to strike; and finally, here’s the Roundup verdict.
  2. In the legal analysis, we discussed Rule 702 of the Federal Rules of Evidence and the standards set forth in Daubert v. Merrell Dow, 509 U.S. 579 (1993).
  3. And, of course, you should check out the SciBabe’s website.

Law Talkin' Stuff

Law Court Thingies
Magic Law Words





  • [00:00:00] Intro
  • [00:02:00] Andrew sets up the Roundup trail facts
    • [00:6:30] Jury's verdict
  • [00:10:40] Interview with Scibabe
    • [00:13:50] What is glyphosate?
    • [00:19:25] Level of testing required
    • [00:23:35] Toxicity
    • [00:31:10] International Agency for Research on Cancer
    • [00:32:20] Reuters Article
    • [00:35:15] World Health Organization classification
  • [00:37:48] Commercial
    • [00:39:24] The market
    • [00:45:15] In the court room
    • [00:51:10] Federal Rules of Evidence
  • [00:56:55] New Patron Tuesday
  • [00:58:08] Thomas Takes the Bar Exam: A buyer backing out of a contract for custom ball bearings (answer)
  • [01:04:30] Outro

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