Livermore Couple Claiming Roundup Weed Killer Caused Cancer Awarded $2 Billion

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.

The verdict is the third legal defeat in a row for Monsanto, Roundup's parent company, which was acquired by Bayer a year ago.

"We have great sympathy for Mr. and Mrs. Pilliod, but the evidence in this case was clear that both have long histories of illness known to be substantial risk factors for non-Hodkin's lymphoma (NHL)", the company said.

The Pilliods, who are in their mid-70s, had been longtime users of Roundup by the time Alva Pilliod was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2011.

Bayer, inventor of Aspirin and maker of stroke prevention drug Xarelto and Yasmin birth control pills, faces US lawsuits from more than 13,400 plaintiffs over the herbicide's alleged cancer risk.

Glyphosate was developed by Monsanto in the U.S. in the 1970s and has become one of the most widely used ingredients in weed killers worldwide. But the judgment is nearly certain to be reduced, given U.S. Supreme Court rulings that cap the ratio of punitive to compensatory damages at 9 to 1.

Bayer-owned glyphosate developer Monsanto was convicted in the United States in 2018 and 2019 of not taking necessary steps to warn of the potential risks of Roundup - their weedkiller containing the chemical, which two California juries found caused cancer in two users. It is also insisting its legal fortunes could change, as none of the three cases in California have yet gone to appeals courts.

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"Bayer is disappointed with the jury's decision and will appeal the verdict in this case", it said in a statement after Monday's verdict.

Alberta Pilliod, 76, said after the verdict that she and her husband, Alva, have each been battling cancer for the last nine years. A judge later reduced that amount to $78 million, and the verdict is being appealed. I mean, people smoke cigaretes, but right there on the label it says you know "may cause cancer". The lawsuits began piling up after a key 2015 ruling by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer, which said glyphosate was "probably carcinogenic to humans". The court didn't propose a ratio it felt correct, but said punitive damages should nearly never exceed nine times actual damages, it said.

Bayer issued a statement Monday in response to the verdict. Since acquiring Monsanto in a $63 billion deal, Buyer has inherited thousands of lawsuits over the weed killer.

Bayer's management was already in hot water over the wisdom of the Monsanto takeover, with shareholders having effectively told CEO Werner Baumann in a no-confidence vote last month that his job is in jeopardy.

Glyphosate-based Roundup products have been used safely and successfully for over four decades worldwide and are a valuable tool to help farmers deliver crops to markets and practice sustainable farming by reducing soil tillage, soil erosion and carbon emissions. The verdict was announced after the trading session closed.

Bayer's share price has lost half its value since it reached s 52-week high of $32.80 a share.

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