On March 27, 2019, a federal court jury in San Francisco returned a verdict of $80 million in favor of Edwin Hardeman, a 46 year-old man who had been diagnosed with cancer after using Roundup weed killer for more than 20 years. The jury concluded that Monsanto had known about the dangers associated with using its product and had failed to provide adequate warnings. The verdict consisted of 5 million dollars in compensatory damages to the plaintiff and his family, and an additional 75 million dollars in punitive damages.
This is the second Roundup weed killer case to go to trial. The first trial took place in August, 2018, and also resulted in a large verdict against Monsanto. The jury in that case awarded 289 million dollars, most of which consisted of punitive damages. The judge later reduced the award to 78 million, and Monsanto has appealed that verdict.
Monsanto, a subsidiary of Bayer AG, faces more than 10,000 lawsuits. The active ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate. In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer determined that glyphosate is chemical that is known to cause cancer in humans. Yet, despite this finding, Monsanto continues to sell and market its popular weed killer.
If you or a family member have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and have used Roundup weed killer, please contact the Mahoney Law Firm to see if you may have a claim for compensation.