April 11, 2019 — In the 3rd trial over the cancer risks of Roundup, a doctor has testified that the weed-killer likely caused a married couple to both develop lymphoma.
Roundup’s link to their cancer was “not a hard call,” according to Dr. Dennis Weisenburger, a pathologist who works at the City of Hope National Medical Center.
Dr. Weisenburger concluded that exposure to Roundup was the most significant contributing factor in causing plaintiffs Alva and Alberta Pilliod to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
The Pilliod couple allege that 35 years of spraying approximately 1,500 gallons of Roundup on their properties caused them both to develop aggressive lymphoma within 4 years of each other.
Both of the Pilliods sprayed Roundup while wearing T-shirts, tank tops, shorts and flip-flops. They did not take extra safety precautions because Monsanto did not warn about the health risks of Roundup.
Dr. Weisenburger believed their exposure to Roundup was a significant cancer risk. Furthermore, lymphoma doesn’t run in either of their families, and they weren’t exposed to other toxic pesticides.
Their case is the third to go to trial out of approximately 11,200 pending lawsuits against Monsanto. The second trial ended with a federal jury awarding $80 million last month. In the first trial, a state court in San Francisco awarded $289 million to a groundskeeper with lymphoma.
The lawsuit is In RE: Pilliod v. Monsanto Co. — Case Number RG17862702 in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Alameda.
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