A state court jury in Oakland, CA ordered Monsanto Company to pay $2.055 billion to a couple who claimed their cancer was caused by years of exposure to the weed killer Roundup on their home property. This is the latest and largest Roundup verdict against Monsanto, but it will not be the last. Thousands of similar cases are expected to come to trial in the months ahead.
How Roundup is Linked to Cancer
The jury sided with the plaintiffs’ argument that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is a carcinogen and contributes to the development of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, the exact cause of lymphoma is not known, although there are a number of risk factors that increase the chance of getting the disease. Exposure to insecticides and herbicides is listed as one of those risk factors.
Monsanto disputes the link between Roundup and cancer, citing studies by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stating glyphosate poses no public health risk when used as directed. In this latest court case, the man and woman, both in their 70s, contracted non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using Roundup for more than 30 years to kill weeds on their property.
Jury Provided with Additional Evidence
While juries have ruled against Monsanto in two earlier Roundup cases, judges had previously limited the amount of evidence that could be presented. This time, the judge ruled that the jury could see numerous texts and emails between Monsanto and EPA officials. According to the plaintiff’s lawyers, these internal documents raised concerns about Monsanto’s influence over regulators, undermining the credibility of the EPA’s claim that glyphosate is not a carcinogen.
This latest court case revealed mounting evidence that Monsanto made substantial efforts to manipulate information regarding the safety of its products. The result was a substantial payment of damages. You may be entitled to compensation if you or your loved ones have been harmed by a household product that was supposed to be safe.
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