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Judge Allows Jury to Hear Evidence of Roundup’s Genotoxicity

Judge Allows Jury to Hear Evidence of Roundup’s Genotoxicity

March 6, 2019 — A federal judge in California will allow a jury to hear about an internal report from 1999 in which Monsanto’s own experts concluded that the weed-killing chemical in Roundup can cause genetic damage to human cells.

The lawsuit was filed by Ed Hardeman, a 70 year-old man who frequently used Roundup on his 56-acre farm in Santa Rosa before he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Hardeman’s case is the first to go to trial in California out of hundreds of similar federal lawsuits. The lawsuits are overseen by U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria.

Monsanto’s attorneys tried to argue that Roundup’s active ingredient is not genotoxic, so Judge Chhabria decided to allow Hardeman’s attorneys to show the jury a contradictory internal report from 1999.

Last summer, Monsanto was hit with a $289 million jury verdict that was later slashed to $78 million. The case involved a groundskeeper who was diagnosed with lymphoma after using Roundup.

Another trial is set to begin on March 18 in Oakland, California, which would be the third trial in the federal litigation..

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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