published on January 26, 2017 - 10:33 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., prominent environmental attorney and member of the Kennedy political family, is scheduled to take part in a court hearing and press conference in Fresno Friday as part of a lawsuit filed by global agrochemical firm Monsanto.


Kennedy will appear in support of the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, which has been named in a lawsuit by Monsanto over the state’s decision to list glyphosate as a Proposition 65 chemical known to cause cancer.

Glyphosate is an ingredient in Monsanto’s popular Roundup herbicide line.

The announcement was made by the law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman in Los Angeles. Michael L. Baum of the law firm will also appear, along with clients who say their cancer is attributed to exposure to the chemical.

Arturo S. Rodriguez, president of the United Farm Workers, is also scheduled to speak in support of protecting farmworkers from the effects of pesticides.

Monsanto filed its lawsuit against the California EPA a year ago. The agency’s office filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, and an 8:30 a.m. hearing at the B.F. Sisk Courthouse will weigh that motion.

The press conference will take place at noon outside the courthouse, in the courtyard near the state building at O and P streets.

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