Monsanto loses $2 billion verdict in Roundup lawsuit

Another huge jury award in California against the makers of Roundup weed killer might give more hope to a handful of Oklahomans whose lawsuits were transferred to California.

This week, a jury in California awarded a couple more than $2 billion to Alva and Alerta Pilliod of Livermore, California who sued after contracting non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma because of their use of Roundup.

The judgment was against Monsanto, a subsidiary of Bayer and it was the third such court decision involving claims that Roundup weed killer caused cancer.

A California jury has awarded a couple more than $2 billion in a verdict against Monsanto, a subsidiary of Bayer. This is the third recent court decision involving claims that the company’s Roundup weed killer caused cancer.

The Alameda County jury awarded $1 billion in punitive damages and another $55 million in collective compensatory damages.

 

The verdict represents the third such legal setback for the company in California since mid-2018. In March, a San Francisco jury awarded $80 million to a man who blamed his cancer on his extensive use of Roundup. In August 2018, another San Francisco jury awarded $289 million to a fourth plaintiff. On appeal a judge later slashed that payout to $78 million. Bayer is appealing each of these verdicts. The company insists there is no link between Roundup and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

At least four Oklahomans filed suit against the chemical manufacturer but their suits were transferred from Oklahoma City federal court to the Northern California U.S. District Court.

Clifford D. Little of Choctaw contends his non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosed in 1988 was the result of his use of the chemical weed killer. Wanda Clark and Donald Shepherd of Del City also filed suit as did Esmeralda Hernandez of Broken Arrow.

 

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