March 21, 2019 — Lawyers for a man with cancer who used Roundup have asked a jury in California to award him financial damages and find that Monsanto failed to warn him about the risk, according to Law360.
Earlier this week, the 6-member jury unanimously agreed that Roundup was likely a substantial contributing factor in causing Edwin Hardeman to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
In the second phase of the 2-part trial, the jury will now decide whether to award any compensation.
The attorney representing Hardeman, Aimee H. Wagstaff of Andrus Wagstaff, asked for $200,000 to cover his medical bills — but also punitive damages to punish Monsanto for downplaying the health risk.
Wagstaff noted that Bayer recently acquired Monsanto for $63 billion. She also told the jury that Monsanto has $2.4 billion in cash on hand and a net worth of $7.8 billion.
She criticized executives at Monsanto for allegedly downplaying studies linking Roundup with health risks for several decades. Those actions included secretly ghost-writing and editing several “independent” studies that found no risk of cancer from Roundup.
Lawyers for Monsanto unsuccessfully argued that there is no way to know what caused Hardeman to develop cancer.
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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