A California jury has awarded a couple more than $2 billion in a verdict against Monsanto, a subsidiary of Bayer.
It’s the third recent court decision involving claims that the company's Roundup weed killer caused cancer. The septuagenarian plaintiffs, Alva and Alberta Pilliod of Livermore, used the weed killer on their property for more than three decades and were diagnosed with the same type of cancer, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, due to their use of the glyphosate-based herbicide. Both underwent chemotherapy and are now in remission.The jury was shown a "mountain of evidence showing Monsanto's manipulation of science.
"Bayer is disappointed with the jury's decision and will appeal the verdict in this case, which conflicts directly with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's interim registration review decision released just last month, the consensus among leading health regulators worldwide that glyphosate-based products can be used safely and that glyphosate is not carcinogenic, and the 40 years of extensive scientific research on which their favorable conclusions are based," the company said. It’s expected the damages will be drastically reduced on appeal. Four year ago, a United Nations-sponsored scientific agency declared that Roundup probably causes cancer. More than 13,000 lawsuits have been filed against Monsanto.