March 29, 2019 — One day after an $80 million jury verdict in favor of a man with lymphoma who used Monsanto’s Roundup weed-killer, a third trial has begun in Oakland, California.
The latest trial involves a married couple, Alva and Alberta Pilliod, who both developed the same aggressive type of lymphoma after more than 35 years of spraying Roundup to kill weeds on their 4 properties.
In opening arguments, lawyers for the Pilliod couple accused Monsanto of failing to warn about the potential risk of cancer from Roundup, according to Law360.
The Pilliods, now both in their 70s, used Roundup from the 1980s and 2017, until Alva saw a TV advertisement from lawyers about the risk.
Both Alva and Alberta were diagnosed with aggressive diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Alva was diagnosed in 201 and Alberta was diagnosed in 2015.
Both of the Pilliods have undergone chemotherapy and other treatments, which left them with “chemo brain” and other debilitating long-term side effects.
Their doctor concluded that something in their environment must have triggered the cancer because it is so unusual for two people to develop the same rare cancer within 4 years of each other.
The Pilliods’ attorneys presented similar evidence as attorneys for Edwin Hardman, a man who was awarded $80 million by another jury earlier this week. New evidence was also presented, such as the California EPA’s determination that glyphosate is a carcinogen.
The lawsuit is In RE: Pilliod v. Monsanto Co. — Case No. RG17862702 in the Superior Court of the state of California, County of Alameda.
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