May 20th, 2019|
A jury awarded a California couple over $2 billion in damages after finding that exposure to Monsanto’s popular Roundup weed killer led to the development of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in both the husband and wife, who were diagnosed within four years of each other.
Seventy-six-year-old Alva and 74-year-old Alberta Pilliod used Roundup on their property for decades of residential landscaping, which the jury believed played a “substantial factor” in their development of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Alva was diagnosed in 2011; his wife, Alberta, received the same diagnosis four years later. They’re both now in remission, but testified about the lasting damage caused.
Now, a jury is awarding them $1 billion each in punitive damages. The couple will receive an additional $55 million of compensatory damages for pain and suffering and to cover medical expenses.
Monsanto’s parent company, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, plans to appeal the verdict.
Lawsuits Find that Roundup Exposure Causes Cancer
This is the third lawsuit related to Roundup that Monsanto has lost in the state of California, and the largest payout so far. Two other California cases were previously awarded $80 million and $78 million.
In the first, former school groundskeeper Dewayne “Lee” Johnson was awarded $78.5 million. Johnson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2014, and regularly sprayed a high-concentration version of Roundup known as Ranger Pro as a part of his job from 2012 to 2016.
In the second lawsuit, a California federal court jury awarded more than $80 million to Edwin Hardeman, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2015. Hardeman had used Roundup for more than 25 years on his Sonoma property to treat poison oak, overgrowth and weeds.
The company now faces more than 13,000 similar lawsuits that are pending at the federal or state level.
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