SAN FRANCISCO, C.A. — The court heard from a renowned epidemiologist during the latest trial against Monsanto. The plaintiff claims that using Roundup at least twice per week gave him cancer and that Monsanto knew about the dangers yet failed to make those dangers known to the public. The doctor testified that studies dating back as far as 1999 show that using Roundup more than twice per year can double the risk of the user developing non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma according to a report on the website usrtk.org. Monsanto robustly disputes the findings. None-the-less, the doctor testified on Monday, April 8, 2019, that there is a “substantial link” between using Roundup and falling ill from non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The trial is on-going.
The case on trial is the third such case to go forward against Monsanto in which plaintiffs allege that using Roundup gave them cancer. In the current case, the husband and wife plaintiffs claim explained that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is a carcinogen and was a substantial link that caused the couple’s cancer. An exhaustive research project reported in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Healthpublished in 2014 reaches the same conclusion.
Notwithstanding the substantial link between glyphosate and cancer, Monsanto’s parent company Bayer, who purchased Monsanto in 2018, adamantly stands behind its product. The company’s lawyers have tried to spin a tale to the jury that the couple contract Hepatitis-C, which subsequently caused cancer. However, the plaintiffs’ attorneys argued that the couple’s Hepatitis-C infection was controlled before the couple received a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
The presiding justice is pushing the parties toward settlement. Eleven thousand plaintiffs have filed claims against Monsanto. The judge wanted the parties to mediate the cases and come to an agreement on damages, which some say could range from $3 billion to $5 billion divided among all plaintiffs.
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