Dr. Christopher Portier testified as an expert witness for the plaintiff in the case of Edwin Hardeman v. Monsanto Company (now Bayer). The Hardeman trial began on February 25, 2019 and ended with a unanimous verdict of $80M for Mr. Hardeman on March 27, 2019.
Dr. Portier holds a Ph.D. in Biostatistics (with a minor in Epidemiology). For over three decades, Dr. Portier held prominent leadership positions in the U.S. government that combined the disciplines of toxicology, statistics and epidemiology, including:
• Associate Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) National Toxicology Program and thus the nation’s chief toxicologist, among other roles at NIEHS.
• Director of the National Center for Environmental Health, Center for Disease and Prevention.
• Director of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).
This series of seven videos contains the witness-only versions of what was played at the Hardeman trial in Phase 1 and Phase 2. They are numbered in the order of play.
Among the many things Dr. Portier testified about at the Hardeman trial, he talked about a report on glyphosate prepared by Dr. James Parry at Monsanto’s request. Dr. Parry was a genetic toxicologist that Monsanto hired as a consultant in 1999 to look at data on genetic toxicity as associated with glyphosate and glyphosate formulations. Dr. Parry found strong evidence suggesting that glyphosate is genotoxic. He suggested that Monsanto conduct more studies to clarify the issue. Monsanto refused. Monsanto never published Dr. Parry’s report and never shared his findings with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Dr. Portier also testified that the EPA did follow all of its rules in evaluating glyphosate. In addition, he testified that glyphosate is a promoter of carcinogenesis (the formation of cancer).
You can find the exhibits that go with Dr. Portier’s testimony here: https://www.baumhedlundlaw.com/edwin-hardeman-v-monsanto/
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