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Federal Jury Finds Bayer's Roundup Weed Killer Caused A California Man's Cancer

21 March 2019, 12:59 | Vera Richards

Monsanto and thousands of plaintiffs are at odds over whether Roundup weedkiller can cause cancer

Monsanto and thousands of plaintiffs are at odds over whether Roundup weedkiller can cause cancer

The unanimous decision by a jury in San Francisco federal court followed another ruling made in August in California.

Bayer's stock has slumped a third in the past year, wiping more than $20 billion off its market value.

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the product and was classified in 2015 as "probably carcinogenic to humans" by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, an arm of the World Health Organization.

After yesterday's trial, the president of the NGO Environmental Working Group, Ken Cook, said, "Today's verdict reinforces what another jury found previous year, and what scientists with the state of California and the World Health Organization have concluded: Glyphosate causes cancer in people". That award was later reduced to $US78 million and is on appeal.

Edwin Hardeman claims Roundup caused his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. A federal jury in San Francisco sided with him

Another Roundup trial is scheduled to begin in California state court in Oakland on March 28, involving a couple who claim Roundup caused their non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

After an earlier case went against the company, the latest verdict came as more of a surprise because the judge and trial setup appeared to favor Bayer. Legal experts said a jury verdict in favour of Hardeman and the other test plaintiffs would give their attorneys a strong bargaining position in any settlement talks for the remaining cases before Chhabria.

The latest case has so far brought no damages award against Bayer, as jurors now have to decide whether Monsanto is liable for the harm suffered by Hardeman. All three cases will be split into causation and liability phases. Mr Hardeman was the first person to challenge Monsanto's Roundup in a federal court.

"This has been a long time coming for Mr. Hardeman", said one of his attorneys, Jennifer Moore.

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"We fear the worst" for phase two, Zechmann said in a note.

Many government regulators have rejected a link between cancer and glyphosate. The company denies the connection.

Monsanto, which has sold Roundup worldwide for more than 40 years, contends that scores of studies show the products are not risky if properly used. Hardeman's lawyers will present evidence to the jury, including internal Monsanto documents, that could show the company knew the dangers of Roundup and glyphosate and attempted to cover them up.

Monsanto developed glyphosate in the 1970s, and the weed killer is now sold in more than 160 countries and widely used in the U.S.

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According to European Union health authorities, "experts, with only one exception, concluded that glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans and the evidence does not support classification with regard to its carcinogenic potential".

The next stage will be a steeper climb: jurors will hear evidence, including damaging emails, that the company manipulated public opinion to bury health concerns and promote sales of the bestselling herbicide.

However, the Environmental Protection Agency released an assessment in 2017 that concluded that glyphosate is not carcinogenic.

The 70-year-old man said he started using the chemical in 1986 to control weeds and poison oak on his properties.

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