A federal jury in San Francisco has found that a commonly used weedkiller has played a significant role in the creation of a California cancer and has dealt a further blow to agrochemical group Monsanto as it battles a similar decision from last year.
In a verdict announced on Tuesday, the jury chose Edwin Hardeman, a 70-year-old Sonoma County man, who stated that exposure to Roundup herbicide was "a major factor" in the onset of his cancer.
The case is now set to continue with a second phase in which the jury will examine whether Monsanto, now Bayer, knew and concealed information about the potential harm his product could cause and whether he decides Hardeman assigns a damage.
"Mr. Hardeman is pleased that the jury unanimously ruled that Roundup caused his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and now we can focus on the evidence that Monsanto has not taken a responsible, objective approach to the safety of Roundup" According to Hardeman's lawyers, Aimee Wagstaff and Jennifer Moore, in a joint statement. "We look forward to presenting this evidence to the jury and holding Monsanto accountable for its bad behavior."
This is the main case of a multiple district litigation involving more than 1
In August 2018, a jury in California federal court Dewayne Johnson, a man with a deadly illness who worked as a placeholder for a San Francisco Bay school district in the region, fined nearly $ 290 million in damages. The verdict was later reduced to $ 78.5 million and is appealed.
The result of Hardeman's case could be an indicator of how thousands of other cases will evolve. In January, Monsanto faced claims from more than 11,000 plaintiffs who alleged that harming glyphosate-based products had damaged them, Bayer said.
Michael Baum of Baum Hedlund Law, one of the companies represented by Johnson, told Buzzfeed News In an e-mail in which Tuesday's ruling does not necessarily provide for settlement rules for the other cases in the multi-litigation case, it was "one big win for all Roundup-induced NHL claimants and a devastating loss for Bayer / Monsanto. "
Hardeman was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in February 2015 after using Roundup to kill poison oak and other invasive plants on his 56-acre property for more than two decades.
The lawsuit alleges that Hardeman's long-term contact with Roundup led to cancer and cancer that Monsanto knew or should have known about the risks and was unable to give adequate warnings about the harm associated with using the product.
Jennifer Moore, lawyer for Sonoma County, said Hardeman regularly Roundup and sprayed about 6,000 gallons of herbicide over the course of 26 years.
"They had a big problem with the poison oak and he had to spray regularly to prevent the poison oak from taking the trails." Moore told Buzzfeed News last week. "Ever since his diagnosis, Hardeman has undergone six rounds of chemo and regularly examines the trails Moore said if he had cancer,
"He's not out of the woods yet," she said.
Monsanto, which was acquired last year by German pharmaceutical company Bayer, has continued to claim that the herbicide is safe.
In a statement on Tuesday, Bayer said it was disappointed with the jury's decision and reiterated the company's claim that glyphosate-based products did not cause cancer.
"We are confident that the evidence will show in the second phase be that Monsanto & # 39; His behavior was appropriate and the company should not be responsible for Mr. Hardeman's cancer, "the company said." We have great understanding of Mr. Hardeman and his family, but a comprehensive science supports the conclusion that Roundup is not the cause his cancer was. Bayer stands behind these products and will vigorously defend them. "
2015 The World Health Organization (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer has identified glyphosate as likely to be carcinogenic to humans, however, the Environmental Protection Agency report concluded that the herbicide is not carcinogenic to humans.
The EPO Inspector General investigates reportedly that an agency agent has been working with Monsanto to conduct a biased research on glyphosate.
In an earlier in this review District commissioner Vince Chhabria, who oversees the Hardeman case, challenged the company's investigation into the potential risks of the herbicide
"Although the evidence that Roundup causes cancer is fairly ambiguous, there is strong evidence from which a jury c As a result, Monsanto is not particularly concerned about whether its product actually causes cancer, but focuses on the manipulation of public opinion and undermines anyone who raises serious and legitimate concerns about the issue, "Chhabria wrote.
suggested that the agrochemical company had written ghostwriting articles and worked with an EPA official to stop a review that would have been conducted by the US Department of Health and Human Services.