Although a decision in the case is not due until early next year, noise from the drama has attracted ample attention in Brussels | John Thys/AFP via Getty Images Monsanto accused of ignoring relevant scientific data on glyphosate

The accusations were made in a California case being closely watched in Europe.

Lawyers in a high-profile lawsuit in California say U.S. agri-giant Monsanto asked the court to ignore relevant scientific data and discounted reliable studies as a way of covering up the health effects associated with glyphosate, the main ingredient in its flagship herbicide.

.. “There is overwhelming evidence — whether it be the epidemiology, toxicology or mechanistic data — that exposure to glyphosate-based formulations causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma,” plaintiff lawyers told the court

.. They also argue that Monsanto relies way too heavily on one study “that was flawed from its inception,”

.. That study — the Agricultural Health Study — looked at the effects of multiple pesticides, including glyphosate, on 89,000 farmers and their spouses in Iowa and North Carolina.

.. the Monsanto Papers, show a 2015 email from William F. Heydens, a Monsanto executive, in which he is cited telling other Monsanto officials to “ghostwrite” research on glyphosate by hiring academics to put their names on papers actually written by Monsanto.