March 20, 2019 — Ed Hardeman’s lymphoma was likely caused by his decades of exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup weed-killer, according to a federal jury in San Francisco.
Law360 reports that the 6-member jury unanimously agreed that it was more than 50% likely that Hardeman’s use of Roundup substantially contributed to his development of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
The trial began on February 25, and is split up into a 2-part trial. This verdict marks the end of the first phase of the trial. The trial will now enter the second phase to determine any financial damages, as well as whether Monsanto failed to warn about Roundup’s health risks.
In the first phase, lawyers presented the jury with scientific evidence that Roundup could potentially cause lymphoma.
During the trial, Hardeman told the jury that he used Roundup on his 56-acre property in Santa Rosa, California, for more than 25 years. While he was spraying Roundup, he said mist from the sprayer frequently fell on his skin and face. He was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2015, about 3 years after he stopped using Roundup to kill weeds.
His case was the first to go to trial out of roughly 600 similar lawsuits against Monsanto. The lawsuits are centralized in a federal Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) in California under U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria.
The lawsuit 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.
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