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Thu Dec 19, 2019, 03:59 AM

Roundup suit lawyer accused of $200 million extortion plot

Source: CBS News via MSN.com


Law enforcement officials have arrested a Virginia lawyer involved in litigation over the health risks of Monsanto's Roundup weed killer product, with prosecutors accusing him of trying to extort an unnamed company into a $200 million consulting fee with his legal firm.

Timothy Litzenburg, 37, was charged with interstate intentions to extort, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday. Litzenburg represented a former school groundskeeper win a $289 million lawsuit last year against agribusiness giant Monsanto over Roundup, which has been linked to cancer (The settlement was later reduced to $78 million.)

In the Justice Department complaint, federal officials didn't name Monsanto as the company Litzenburg allegedly tried to extort and instead described Litzenburg's victims as "Company 1" and "Company 2." Company 1 is a privately owned chemical manufacturer, and Company 2 is a publicly traded corporation that acquired Company 1 in 2018, the complaint states.

Publicly traded Bayer acquired privately owned Monsanto in June 2018. "Monsanto is not a party to this matter," a Bayer spokesperson told

Federal officials allege Litzenburg contacted the companies in October and said they had a potentially large liability for making a harmful chemical used in their household product for killing weeds. Litzenburg threatened to find people who he would advise to sue the companies for exposing them to the chemical, according to the complaint. Litzenburg told the companies lawyers that he would cease searching for potential plantiffs in exchange for a multi-million-dollar consulting agreement, the complaint claims.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/roundup-suit-lawyer-accused-of-dollar200-million-extortion-plot/ar-BBY8mBV

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PufPuf23 Dec 2019 OP
keithbvadu2 Dec 2019 #1
PufPuf23 Dec 2019 #5
Post removed Dec 2019 #2
7wo7rees Dec 2019 #3
PufPuf23 Dec 2019 #6
bucolic_frolic Dec 2019 #4
PufPuf23 Dec 2019 #7
Archae Dec 2019 #9
PufPuf23 Dec 2019 #10
ProfessorGAC Dec 2019 #11
PufPuf23 Dec 2019 #12
ProfessorGAC Dec 2019 #13
denem Jan 2020 #15
Archae Dec 2019 #8
Name removed Jan 2020 #14
MFGsunny Jan 2020 #16

Response to PufPuf23 (Original post)

Thu Dec 19, 2019, 04:42 AM

1. Not very subtle

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 19, 2019, 11:48 PM

5. Do you mean the arrested attorney or the heat of the Justice Department

joining the fray to defend Bayer and Montsanto?

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Response to PufPuf23 (Original post)

Thu Dec 19, 2019, 05:24 AM

3. I love when lawyers are arrested

If we could only do the same to subpoenaed govt officials. And their lawyers.

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Response to 7wo7rees (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 19, 2019, 11:50 PM

6. This lawyer put his head in the mouth of a fiery beast.

Off topic but IMO way too many politicians are first lawyers and this may be part of our political problems.

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Response to PufPuf23 (Original post)

Thu Dec 19, 2019, 08:27 AM

4. Oh. He thought they were withholding aid?

you gotta be a pretty obtuse lawyer not to see how this could backfire big time.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 19, 2019, 11:54 PM

7. The lawyer had done well getting the $289 million judgement

Pretty precarious having the Justice Department and Montsanto and Bayer for enemies.

Wonder what the entire story is?

I know TV and the internet are flooded with ads for Montsanto RoundUp claims.

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Response to PufPuf23 (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 20, 2019, 12:03 AM

9. I see far more ads for shyster lawyers like this guy.

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Response to Archae (Reply #9)

Fri Dec 20, 2019, 12:13 AM

10. I was referring to all the lawyer media ads for potential claiments

against Montsanto.

Looks like a scam by lawyers but there may also be merit. Both can be true.

Maybe RoundUp (glyphosate) is not a safe herbicide to use?

RoundUp and RoundUp resistant GMO crops are ubiquitous in our food chain.

Mega $$$ involved.

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Response to PufPuf23 (Reply #10)

Fri Dec 20, 2019, 10:12 AM

11. As To The Risks of Glyphosate

There is a reason the agribusiness giants are working on things like glyphosonates.
Since glyphosates are effective, what would the benefit be in developing applications and industrial processing of a more expensive chemical?
Seems logical to suggest they know they need a safer product.
The newer molecule is more biodegradable, and yet does not metabolize in the human body as readily.
So, they are fighting the lawsuits, but the R&D activities suggest they know the have to lower human effects.

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #11)

Fri Dec 20, 2019, 12:20 PM

12. Was not aware of the R&D regarding glyphosonates,

a new term to me.

What you say makes sense.

Thank you.

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Response to PufPuf23 (Reply #12)

Fri Dec 20, 2019, 08:02 PM

13. I Know Folks Working On It

They can't "tell" me the motivation, but they also "didn't not tell me". If you catch my drift.

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Response to PufPuf23 (Reply #10)

Thu Jan 30, 2020, 06:32 AM

15. Before Roundup, Monsanto produced Agent Orange

 

2,4-D / 2,4,5-T. Glyphosate was the 'safe alternative'.
Back to the drawing board boys.

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Response to PufPuf23 (Original post)

Fri Dec 20, 2019, 12:02 AM

8. I'm not surprised in the least.

A corrupt, ambulance-chaser lawyer, who grabbed a HUGE chunk of what that gardener won, (according to one report the gardener got less than 30% of the actual award,) using hysteria and fake "science."

Turns out he's also an extortionist.

I'm getting bombed in my e-mail DAILY from lawyers like this guy saying "Jump on the bandwagon! Let's sue anyone who manufactures anything!"

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Thu Jan 30, 2020, 09:08 AM

16. How did Litzenburg miss out "serving" on MF45's legal team?

Sounds amazingly like every other crooked scheme MF45 and cabal have drummed up since he/they first sullied all that is holy in our democracy.

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