March 14, 2019 — Attorneys have made closing arguments in a trial that wraps up today alleging that Monsanto’s Roundup weed-killer caused Ed Hardeman to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
If jury decides that Roundup was a substantial factor in causing Hardeman’s cancer, the case will proceed to a second trial to determine if Monsanto failed to warn him about the risk, as well as any potential financial damages or compensation for his injury.
Attorneys for Hardeman said his exposure to Roundup was “extreme,” amounting to approximately 6,000 gallons of the herbicide in his life.
Hardeman testified that he used Roundup on his 56-acre property in California from 1986 to 2012, and the mist frequently fell on his skin and face. He was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2015.
Hardeman’s lawyers also showed the jury documents from the EPA in 1985 which concluded that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, was a possible carcinogen based on studies in animals.
Other studies include one that found a 212% increased risk of getting lymphoma when using Roundup more than 2 days a year. Two other studies concluded Roundup causes genetic damage in blood.
Additionally, lawyers cited a report by Dr. James Parry, who concluded that there is “strong evidence that glyphosate may be genotoxic.”
Meanwhile, lawyers for Monsanto argued, “There’s no way to know what caused his non-Hodgkin lymphoma.”
The case 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.Lawyers Present Closing Arguments in Roundup Cancer Trial in California
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