California jury hits Bayer with $2 billion award in Roundup cancer trial

Monsanto must pay couple $2bn in largest verdict yet over cancer claims

A California jury has awarded a couple more than $2 billion in a verdict against Monsanto, a subsidiary of Bayer. They were each awarded $1 billion in punitive damages and an additional $55 million in collective compensatory damages.

The verdict represents the third such legal setback for the company in California since mid-2018.

Bayer released a statement following the jury's decision, vowing to fight back.

"We have great sympathy for Mr. and Mrs. Pilliod, but the evidence in this case was clear that both have long histories of illnesses known to be substantial risk factors for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), most National Hockey League has no known cause, and there is not reliable scientific evidence to conclude that glyphosate-based herbicides were the "but for" cause of their illnesses as the jury was required to find in this case", the company said in a a release. Regulatory authorities around the world consider glyphosate-based herbicides safe when used as directed.

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Both other jury verdicts also came in California, one in state court and one in federal court.

If plaintiffs continue to win cases decided by juries in Missouri, the momentum in their favor "may push Bayer to begin to negotiate", she said.

Alva Pilliod, 76, and Alberta Pilliod, 74, were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2011 and 2015.

The juries have repeatedly ruled that Roundup was defectively designed, that the company failed to warn consumers about the cancer risks, and that Monsanto has acted negligently.

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The Oakland jury today delivered Monsanto's third such loss in California since August. That award was later reduced to $78 million and is on appeal.

More than 13,000 other lawsuits have been filed against its subsidiary, Monsanto, the maker of Roundup.

"The jury saw for themselves internal company documents demonstrating that, from day one, Monsanto has never had any interest in finding out whether Roundup is safe", an attorney for the couple, R. Brent Wisner, said in a statement sent to CBS News. Alberta was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma brain cancer in 2015.

Bayer said it was "disappointed" in the decision and would appeal. The company argued that the ruling runs against what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said most recently about the chemical. Dewayne Johnson, a former school groundskeeper with terminal cancer, won a $289m victory in state court last year, and Edwin Hardeman, who sprayed Roundup on his properties, was awarded $80m in the first federal trial this year. Additionally, EPA's 2017 post-IARC cancer risk assessment examined more than 100 studies the agency considered relevant and concluded that glyphosate is "not likely to be carcinogenic to humans", its most favorable rating, while the agency's April 2019 interim registration review decision on glyphosate also reaffirmed that "there are no risks to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label and that glyphosate is not a carcinogen".

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