Jury awards couple $2 billion in Monsanto Roundup cancer trial

A US jury has awarded $2 billion in punitive damages to a California couple after concluding that Roundup weed killer triggered their cancer and that Monsanto, now owned by Bayer, did not warn them of the chemical’s well being dangers.

Glyphosate, the signature ingredient in Roundup, was discovered by jury in Alameda County Superior Court to be the reason for non-Hodgkin lymphoma in each Alva and Alberta Pilliod of Livermore. The couple has used the herbicide for the reason that 1970s.

In their ruling on Monday, the jury famous that American agrochemical large Monsanto (now owned by Germany’s Bayer AG) did not correctly warn Roundup customers about potential detrimental results to their well being. Pointing out deliberate negligence by the corporate, the jury went on to award $18 million in compensatory and $1 billion in punitive damages to Alva Pilliod. His spouse Alberta was awarded one other $37 million in compensatory and $1 billion in punitive damages.

The ruling marks the third time since August 2018 {that a} US jury has discovered glyphosate to be a reason behind cancer. Thousands of lawsuits with comparable claims have been filed towards Monsanto, which was acquired by the German pharmaceutical large final June.

Bayer defended Roundup’s popularity after the decision, insisting that loads of scientific proof exist to assist Monsanto’s place that glyphosate-based herbicides will not be carcinogenic.

“We have great sympathy for Mr. and Mrs. Pilliod, but the evidence in this case was clear that both have long histories of illnesses known to be substantial risk factors for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL),” the corporate said. “Most NHL has no known cause, and there is not reliable scientific evidence to conclude that glyphosate-based herbicides were the “however for” cause of their illnesses as the jury was required to find in this case.”