March 6, 2019 — A federal jury in California will get to hear about an internal report from 1999 in which Monsanto concluded that Roundup’s weed-killing chemical glyphosate might cause genetic damage to human cells.
The evidence will support claims by attorneys for Ed Hardeman that exposure to Roundup caused him to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Hardeman is a 70 year-old man who was diagnosed with cancer after using Roundup on his 56-acre farm in Santa Rosa, CA.
U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria oversees approximately 700 federal lawsuits from people who accuse Monsanto of failing to warn about the potential cancer risks of using Roundup.
Judge Chhabria decided to allow attorneys for Hardeman to show the jury the 1999 report because it contradicts Monsanto’s argument that Roundup is not genotoxic.
Last summer, another jury ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million to a school groundskeeper who developed lymphoma after using Roundup for decades. The verdict that was later slashed to $78 million.
A third trial is scheduled to begin on March 18 in Oakland, California.
If there are three verdicts in favor of plaintiffs, Judge Chhabria said he will put the trials on pause to allow lawyers to enter settlement talks.
The lawsuit is In RE: Johnson v. Monsanto Co. et al. — Case No. CGC16550128 in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Francisco.
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