Fox Business anchor Stuart Varney on Tuesday lashed out at a California court after it awarded more than $2 billion to a couple who accused Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer of causing cancer.
In a rant on his Fox Business show, Varney insisted that the cancer victims had been awarded too much money.
“I’m going to call that a travesty of justice,” Varney explained. “Get your case in front of a sympathetic jury and who knows how much money you can walk away with. But is it justice?”“There’s more [Monsanto] lawsuits to come,” the host warned. “The German company which makes Roundup faces absolute ruin.”
According to Varney, environmental activists — who he refers to as “the greens” — dislike the way Roundup only works with genetically modified crops.
“It’s like blasphemy to them!” Varney griped. “See what’s happening here? A heavy dose of environmental politics. If the plaintiffs can pin a cancer verdict on Roundup, they can take down the world’s biggest gene modifier and that’s what they’re doing.”
Varney argued that “no company should be financially ruined because a politicized court rejects science.”
“What happened here is a travesty of justice,” he lamented. “Financial ruin for the maker of the world’s most popular weed killer. And the lawyers walk away with a ton of money. They haven’t made the world safer, they’ve made themselves rich.”
In a following Fox Business segment with legal expert Andrew Napolitano, Varney continued his campaign against the cancer victims.“Why would they be able to get a billion dollars each from Bayer?” Napolitano explained. “Because plaintiffs were able to demonstrate that Monsanto, at the time it made this, was aware of potential harm and did nothing to warn the user.”
“This is wrong,” Varney exclaimed. “This is the wrong use of our court system, this is the politicization of our court system. To me, utterly wrong. Is it wrong to you?”
“Yes, it is wrong to me,” Napolitano agreed. “But I am not comfortable, that the wrong will be righted particularly after the way the Supreme Court yesterday made it easier to sue Big Tech for class action cases. You have an attitude on the part of five justices of the Supreme Court, ‘Let these people roll the dice before the jury.'”