Hundreds of plaintiffs are suing Monsanto, contending that exposure to glyphosate – the active ingredient in its Roundup weedkiller – gave them cancer. The World Health Organization calls glyphosate a probable human carcinogen, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that used properly, it does not threaten human health. Epidemiologist Richard G. “Bugs” Stevens of the University of Connecticut explains why proving causation in medicine is much like proving it in a jury trial – and why it’s not easy in either setting.
The #MeToo movement recently got a new and perhaps unlikely ally: Wall Street. Worried about the potential business risk of even a single sexual harassment complaint against a high-level employee, lawyers have been requiring companies to disclose such allegations. This kind of thing was unheard of only a few years ago, explains Elizabeth Tippett, a University of Oregon law professor who worked on many such deals in the past. What do they call it? The “Weinstein clause.”
The Trump administration on Thursday released its much-anticipated proposal to freeze national fuel economy standards and to revoke California’s historic ability to set more stringent mileage rules. UCLA law scholars Meredith Hankins and Nicholas Bryner analyze the legal arguments behind the move and explain the questions a legal clash between California and the federal government – which affects all states – will raise.