A third California jury rules against Roundup
Another California jury has awarded damages after determining that glyphosate caused cancer. The San Francisco Superior Court jury claimed glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer was defectively designed and awarded Alva and Alberta Pilliod a total of 55 million dollars in compensatory damages and two billion in punitive damages. It’s the third California court to rule against Bayer, which acquired Roundup maker Monsanto last year.
Bayer issued a statement saying they will appeal the case. They say the Pilliods have long histories of illnesses known to be
substantial risk factors for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and there is not reliable
to conclude that glyphosate-based herbicides cause cancer.
The two billion in punitive damages is likely to be reduced to below 495 million dollars because of a Supreme Court decision limiting damages.
More cases alleging glyphosate causes cancer have been filed. The next case will be in a Missouri state court starting in August.
Bayer is also appealing the first two cases, where juries granted large financial awards to Dewayne Johnson and Edwin Hardeman.