March 20, 2019 — A jury in California has unanimously agreed that it was likely that Monsanto’s Roundup caused plaintiff Ed Hardeman to develop lymphoma, Law360 reports.
Lawyers presented the jury with scientific evidence to support the conclusion that Roundup can potentially cause non-Hogkin lymphoma.
The jury sided with Hardeman, finding that it was more than 50% likely that his use of Roundup substantially contributed to his cancer.
The verdict marks the end of the first phase of a 2-part trial. The case will now proceed to the 2nd phase of the trial to determine whether Monsanto failed to warn Hardeman about Roundup’s cancer risks.
Any financial damages will also be determined in the next phase of the trial.
Hardeman testified that he used Roundup for over 25 years to control weeds on his 56-acre farm in California. He said mist from the sprayer frequently fell on his skin and face. He was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2015 at the age of 66, just 3 years after he stopped using Roundup.
Hardeman’s lawsuit was the first case to go to trial out of more than 600 similar federal lawsuits that have been centralized in the Northern District of California under U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria.
The lawsuit is In RE: Hardeman v. Monsanto Co. et al. — Case No. 3:16-cv-00525 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
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