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Couple Awarded $2 Billion After Claiming Roundup Weed Killer Caused Cancer

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Couple Awarded $2 Billion After Claiming Roundup Weed Killer Caused Cancer

Couple Awarded $2 Billion After Claiming Roundup Weed Killer Caused Cancer

On Monday, a California couple was awarded more than $2 billion in damages after a jury found that the Roundup weed killer they had been using for over three decades had caused them to get cancer.

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According to Alva and Alberta Pilliod’s lawyer, the Livermore couple were both diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma following years of weed killer use. In their suit, they argued that Monsanto, Roundup’s parent company, fraudulently represented that “Roundup is safe despite scientific evidence linking exposure to NHL.” After a seven-week trial, citing its active ingredient, glyphosate, as the underlying cause of cancer, a jury in San Francisco Superior Court in Oakland found the company liable.

“The jury saw for themselves internal company documents demonstrating that, from day one, Monsanto has never had any interest in finding out whether Roundup is safe,” said co-lead trial counsel R. Brent Wisner, of Baum Hedlund Law, in a statement after the verdict. He went on to explain, “Instead of investing in sound science, they invested millions in attacking science that threatened their business agenda…They took detailed notes, asked incredibly thoughtful questions and in the end, came to understand that the science shows there are serious health hazards associated with Roundup and that Monsanto did nothing to warn people about the risk.”

The latest verdict is now the third legal defeat in a row for Monsanto. The first two legal defeats for Monsanto saw verdicts of $289.2 and $80 million, according to Hedlund Law. The couple was able to get more this time around due to a more lenient court process.

13,400 cases are still pending in state and federal courts, according to Hedlund Law.

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