Major Lawsuit Against Monsanto Completely Blacked out by Media

July 28, 2015   |   admintam

Christina Sarich
July 28, 2015

(NATURALSOCIETY) What happens when one courageous attorney and a few citizens try to take down Monsanto? The MSM doesn’t cover it, for starters.

Efforts to publicize a class action lawsuit against Monsanto for false advertising it’s best-selling herbicide Roundup filed in Los Angeles County Court on April 20, 2015 have been rejected by almost every mainstream media outlet.

It’s no different than Fox, NBC, CNN, or ABC refusing to cover the DARK ACT which would give Monsanto legal immunity and disallow states to demand GMO labeling.

You would think that coverage of something the whole world wants to see – the first step toward the successful downfall of Monsanto –would be a hot news item; a newsworthy tidbit that every paper, radio station, and blog would want to spread across their pages with double bold headlines. But wait. . . just six corporations own ALL of the media in America, so there isn’t much luck there.

That’s why you have to go to sites like Russia Insider or Al Jazeera to find real news outside of certain alternative news channels in the US, and even those are white-washed from Facebook pages, and given secondary ratings on Google pages.

Matthew Phillips, the attorney suing Monsanto in California for false advertising on Roundup bottles, has asked the LA Times, New York Times, Huffington Post, CNN, and Reuters, one of the world’s largest news agencies to report on the lawsuit (Case No: BC 578 942), and most enforced a total media blackout.

When I spoke with Phillips over the phone, he said that he has tried posting the suit in Wikipedia’s Monsanto litigation section, but it keeps ‘disappearing.’ He says that he has also noticed posts on Facebook about this lawsuit get removed.

Phillips points out that as long as Monsanto can keep this lawsuit off of most of America’s radar, then his client base would be relegated to just the citizens of California.

If other attorneys were to follow his template-style lawsuit, which he wrote in English, devoid of extraneous legal-speak to encourage others to also take action against Monsanto, then suddenly the plaintiff count could be closer to several million. That is if you were to tally up all the citizens in the US who have purchased a bottle of Roundup from their local DIY store (Lowe’s, Home Depot or Ace Hardware, for example) in the last four years, not suspecting it could demolish their gut health.

Another possibility, according to Phillips, is that Monsanto could try to bump the case up to federal court in order to try to side-step a likely adverse judgment. But in this case the class action suit would also be open to residents other than those of just California. This is surely an idea that Monsanto doesn’t want seeded in the American psyche.

Phillips is extremely confident he has the goods on Monsanto in this case, and barring a sold out judge:

“This is a slam-dunk lawsuit that exposes Monsanto for LYING about Roundup. Contrary to the label, Roundup does indeed target and kill enzymes found in humans — in our gut bacteria — and this explains America’s chronic indigestion!”

His enthusiasm is palpable, as many well-known scientists and professors emeritus have offered to be key witnesses in this suit when it goes to trial. The attorney says he refuses to ‘settle’ the case and hopes that 49 additional attorneys in 49 states use his case as an example. He joked:

“When we allege that Roundup’s targeted enzyme is found in humans, it’s like alleging that the Golden Gate Bridge is found in California.”

The facts of the case really are that obvious.

Phillips also states that ‘false advertising’ and ‘misleading’ are synonyms in California law, so the fact that Monsanto has stated that there are enzymes in its product that don’t target humans – well that’s beyond just misleading. This obvious misjudgment by Monsanto is a well-known secret among many anti-GM scientists. This enzyme is definitely found in humans.

Here is how ‘misleading’ Monsanto’s statement that, “Round Up targets an enzyme only found in plants and not in humans or animals,” truly is:

EPSP synthase, also known as (3-phosphoshikimate 1-carboxyvinyltransferase) is found in the microbiota that reside in our intestinal tracts, and therefore the enzyme is “found in humans and animals.” It is partly responsible for immunity activation and even helps our gut and our brains communicate with one another.

EPSP synthase is among other beneficial microbes that produce neurometabolites that are either neurotransmitters or modulators of neurotransmission.

“These could act directly on nerve terminals in the gut or via ‘transducer’ cells such as enterochromaffin cells present throughout the intestinal tract and are accessible to microbes and in contact with afferent and efferent nerve terminals. Some of these cells may also signal and therefore modulate immune cell activity.”

Furthermore, although this will not be addressed in Phillip’s lawsuit:

“There is increasing evidence that exposure to Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, may be an underlying cause of autism spectrum disorders (see [19]).  Glyphosate, the active ingredient, acts through inhibition of the 5-enolpyruvylshikimic acid-3-phosphate synthase (EPSPS synthase) enzyme in the shikimate pathway that catalyses the production of aromatic amino acids. This pathway does not exist in animals, but it does exist in bacteria, including those that live in the gut and are now known to be as much a part of our body as our own cells. A widely accepted dogma is that glyphosate is safe due to the lack of the EPSPS enzyme in our body. This however does not hold water now that the importance of our microbiota to our physiology is clear.”

Though Monsanto is only being sued for false advertising in this case, it is an important precedent to set in order to eventually take down one of the biotech giants that is poisoning the planet. It should send a clear message to Dow, Bayer, Cargill, and Syngenta as well.

Please show the corporate media that we will not be silenced, and pass this information along however you can. If you live in California, consider being a part of the suit yourself. If you are an attorney, Phillips is happy to discuss his suit with you in hopes that you will add your state to the growing list of those standing up to Big Ag.

You can read more about Phillips’ his case, here. The plaintiff also has a go fund me site for this lawsuit.


This article (Major Lawsuit Against Monsanto Completely Blacked out by Media) originally appeared on NaturalSociety.com, was edited and used with permission. Image credit: Mike Mozart. Tune in! The Anti-Media radio show airs Monday through Friday @ 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific. Help us fix our typos: edits@theantimedia.org.

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  1. I have leaky gut due to this poison which has lowerd my amunity to the point of developing blood cancer. Thank you monsanto for destroying my insides. How do we become part of this suit?

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  2. I am beginning to think that if someone has no scruples to take out a few alternative and holistic doctors, why not do the same to Monsanto? They are made up of humans. They can't hide forever. Oh I love the politics in the USA! Much better than here in Africa!

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  4. The attorney seems to have great confidence that he can prove Monsanto INTENTIONALLY mislead (lied to) consumers in order to sell their product; these lies having caused significant harm to the purchasing public and others. In my opinion this is tantamount to operating in an unlawful manner.

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  5. then you don't know your weed killer. stuff i get is 40 bucks for 5 gal of consintrate that still needs to be mixed and kills weeds 10 times better then roundup

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  15. Chris Walker but have they not changed the formula in Canada —as it did not work for me last time. I have used it for yrs to kill vegetaion —I don't drink it. I really liked it when it works.

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  16. Assss their eyes glaze over … you continue to tell them about this … but they aren't home, their minds are off in lala land because this just couldn't be true …

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  17. Chris Walker I use a gallon of vinegar, 2 cups of salt, 1/2 cup of dawn dish detergent. Mix it all together. I have been using this excellent weed killer on the fence lines here at the farm.

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  18. The city of Spokane, where I live, has also filed a lawsuit against Monsanto and a few of their affiliates for polluting our rivers with PCB's

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  19. The city of Spokane, where I live, has also filed a lawsuit against Monsanto and a few of their affiliates for polluting our rivers with PCB's

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  20. This suit is nothing but tree hugging liberals who want to take more of our rights away from us. A person who owns property should have total control over his property. That means killing a rare animal who is destroying his property.

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  21. Marc Guetzkow Are you sure it isn't actually just non-Monsanto Glyphosate? I bought a 5 litre bottle of highly concentrated stuff on ebay, it's non-Monsanto Glyphostae. The patent ran out 15 years ago, so anyone can make it now.

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  22. Adam Walczak EASY – check out Stephanie Seneff – a senior scientist of 30 years at MIT – will provide the info you need – re Glyphosate! Or just feed yourself exclusively with GMOs and wait 30 or so years – one generation. Or you can check out the study by Seralini – involving rats – their lifespan is only two years.

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  23. I'd like to own property next to your house Cates, and see when you start complaining about what I do on it. I can think of several things to do that would drive you nuts if I had "total control" of that property. I'd start a junkyard and stock it with rats that would overrun your property. Of course, you could kill them any way you like on your property, stupid fuck!

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  24. Hey, lazyass Cates, a sharp hoe is a great weed killer! Stupid, lazy, Xian fool.

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  25. Frantisek Kastanek You do realize the Seralini study has been completely debunked and discredited, right? If you are willing to support your opinion on the back of one person like Seneff then you need to investigate a little more and get out of the Dunning–Kruger effect you are trapped in. You can certainly change my opinion if you present facts, is your opinion cemented in stone reguardless of fact?

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  26. their eyes have glazed over and there is no one home because they unknowingly ingested or absorbed some of Monsanto's best selling herbicide. So so sad . . . .

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  27. Have you seen him recently? Would be surprised if he was still functioning.

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  28. Dylan Burnett He was not kidding. This happened when he was at a training session with Monsanto reps

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  29. Charles Cates, I'd move to Mars but it was destroyed a long time ago by the same bloodline families that own monsanto … probably by some combination of White Phosphorous, Agent Orange and Roundup?

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  30. Please excuse me Mr. Long for responding on your post but fb, for some reason would not allow me to reply on Cates post.In regards to the comment left below by the very intelligent idiot who thinks it's better to have a well manicured landscape than to respect the well being of the planet and it's inhabitants, Mr.Cate, perhaps you own stock in monsanto.And, another possibility is that you have used so much round up that it has damaged your brain beyond it's capacity to reason logically.Perhaps you could become willing to have an original thought and truely assess the importance of eradicating a simple weed (with a highly toxic chemical, the long term affects of which are unknown at this point ) and will eventually die off naturally anyway.How would you feel if one of your grand children accidently ingested one of the weeds you sprayed and ended up with some horrible medical condition or worse.? If round up can kill weeds, then it makes sense that it could also kill or at least mame another biological creatures.Unfortunately you are not alone in your ignorance as there are plenty more like yourself who have been lulled to sleep by the " THE BIG LIE". Wake up sleepers, monsanto doesn't give a damn about your health,nor the health of the planet.and are hell bent on destroying our beautiful planet and it's stewards in the name of power and greed !!!! To hell with you monsanto.!!!!

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  31. Mr. Randy Pullen It's no problem at all. I consider this a "free-fire zone." Thanks for your comment.

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  32. Typical Republican. "It's all about ME" mindset. A person can own property and have total control of it. But like our freedoms they're not 100% guaranteed to be free of consequences in all scenarios. Kinda of why you have the right to bear arms but not in our White House. ;)

    No… the tree huggers are right on this one. THe problem is you have this silly mindset that you should suffer zero consequences for anything you do pretty much even right down to blatant murder on your own property. Yeah. No. Die off like a good cancer should so the rest of us can move on with our lives.

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  33. Elizabeth Jane Coulson Do you dissolve the salt before putting it in the sprayer? I have been using the vinegar mix without the salt because I was concerned the salt would stop up my sprayer. The Vinegar/Dawn mix still works for me but would love to know of a way to dissolve the salt.

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  34. Adam Walczak Every study that implicates a major corporation is somehow debunked, I wonder why that is.

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  35. Glyphosate does not meaningfully interact with human gut bacteria. Also people do not consume measurable amounts of glyphosate. Glyphosate is applied on crops to prevent the initial growth of weeds, it's not applied when the fruit and grains of crops are present. The amount of glyphosate humans consume is so microscopically small that it is close to immeasurable. It has zero impact on human health in the levels in which consumers encounter it, and that was confirmed by the recent IARC study. Monsanto is not the only maker of glyphosate, stating the results of scientific studies cannot be construed as false advertising. The suit if frivolous and will be thrown out.

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  36. If noone bought the product then there wouldn't be an issue here. JUST DON'T BUY IT!. By now everyone knows the reputation of Monsanto. Stop supporting them. Simple.

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  37. Nicole Pressey Bizer Yes it looks like another dr was murdered, but the sherrif called it suicide. I don't believe that.

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  38. Glyphosate does not meaningfully interact with human gut bacteria. Also people do not consume measurable amounts of glyphosate. Glyphosate is applied on crops to prevent the initial growth of weeds, it's not applied when the fruit and grains of crops are present. The amount of glyphosate humans consume is so microscopically small that it is close to immeasurable. It has zero impact on human health in the levels in which consumers encounter it, and that was confirmed by the recent IARC study. Monsanto is not the only maker of glyphosate, stating the results of scientific studies cannot be construed as false advertising. The suit if frivolous and will be thrown out.

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  39. Glyphosate does not meaningfully interact with human gut bacteria. Also people do not consume measurable amounts of glyphosate. Glyphosate is applied on crops to prevent the initial growth of weeds, it's not applied when the fruit and grains of crops are present. The amount of glyphosate humans consume is so microscopically small that it is close to immeasurable. It has zero impact on human health in the levels in which consumers encounter it, and that was confirmed by the recent IARC study. Monsanto is not the only maker of glyphosate, stating the results of scientific studies cannot be construed as false advertising. The suit if frivolous and will be thrown out.

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  40. Randy Pullen :Glyphosate does not meaningfully interact with human gut bacteria. Also people do not consume measurable amounts of glyphosate. Glyphosate is applied on crops to prevent the initial growth of weeds, it's not applied when the fruit and grains of crops are present. The amount of glyphosate humans consume is so microscopically small that it is close to immeasurable. It has zero impact on human health in the levels in which consumers encounter it, and that was confirmed by the recent IARC study. Monsanto is not the only maker of glyphosate, stating the results of scientific studies cannot be construed as false advertising. The suit if frivolous and will be thrown out.

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  41. Sounds to me like some of the commenters have already been affected by this product!!! It is very harmful,look at viet nam??

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