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Bayer/Monsanto Suffers Another Major Defeat in Roundup Cancer Litigation

Bayer/Monsanto Suffers Another Major Defeat in Roundup Cancer Litigation

This past Wednesday, a jury delivered a verdict of over $80 million in damages against Bayer, formerly Monsanto, to a California man who alleged that his exposure to Roundup weed killer, that he used on a large swath of land in Sonoma County, caused his development of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer. The jury valued the man’s injuries and damages at over $5 million and assessed an additional $75 million in punitive damages against Bayer, in part on the basis of internal documents that Monsanto has known about the risks of glyphosate in its Roundup product for decades and chose not to divulge the information about the dangers of its product to American consumers. 

While Bayer continues to hold fast to the company line that glyphosate is not carcinogenic, Wednesday’s verdict is the second in as many cases to go to verdict to result in a multi-million dollar verdict for the injured parties, lending additional weight to the science demonstrating a causal link between exposure to glyphosate and the development of cancer. Several national and international agencies, , including the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment., have concluded that the evidence is sufficient to classify Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, as a probable cause of cancer in humans.

On the heels of this decision, another Roundup trial began this week in California. On Thursday a jury heard opening statements alleging that decades of spraying the weed killer caused a married couple's aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma in the third Roundup case to go to trial. And hundreds more cases are pending throughout the country, with more than 600 cases pending in California alone. While Bayer and Monsanto may continue to dispute the science, thus far, the American public has spoken loudly and clearly on their thoughts about whether exposure to glyphosate causes cancer. 

If you believe you have contracted cancer from exposure to Roundup or glyphosate, you should contact an experienced attorney to explore a potential claim.

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