March 21, 2019 — Lawyers for a man who developed lymphoma after using Roundup asked a jury in San Francisco to punish Monsanto by awarding punitive damages, Law360 reports.
In the first phase of a 2-part trial, the jury unanimously agreed that it was likely that Roundup substantially contributed to plaintiff Edwin Hardeman’s lymphoma.
In the second phase, the jury will decide if Monsanto failed to warn about cancer, and whether to award financial damages.
Hardeman’s lawyer, Aimee H. Wagstaff of Andrus Wagstaff, asked the jury to award $200,000 to cover his medical bills.
Wagstaff did not put a number on punitive damages, but noted that Bayer recently acquired Monsanto for $63 billion. She also pointed out that Monsanto has $2.4 billion in cash and a net worth of $7.8 billion.
She criticized Monsanto executives for allegedly downplaying studies linking Roundup with cancer for decades. She accused Monsanto of ghost-writing and secretly editing multiple studies that found no cancer risk associated with Roundup.
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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