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California Jury: Bayer must pay $2+ billion to Couple with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in Roundup Cancer Trial

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A Superior Court jury in Oakland on Monday said the company was liable for plaintiffs Alva and Alberta Pilliod's contracting non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a spokeswoman for the couple said. It awarded $18 million in compensatory and $1 billion in punitive damages to Alva Pilliod, and $37 million in compensatory and $1 billion in punitive damages to his wife, Alberta Pilliod.

Their lawsuit maintained that Baye's Roundup-glyphosate weed killer caused their non Hodgkins lymphoma, and this becomes the largest single U.S. jury verdict to date against the company in litigation over the chemical. The jury found Roundup was defectively designed, that the company failed to warn of the herbicide's cancer risk, and that the company acted negligently.

The German chemicals giant now faces more than 13,400 U.S. lawsuits over the herbicide's alleged cancer risk. Bayer in a statement said it was disappointed with the verdict and will appeal, adding that both Alva and Alberta Pilliod had long histories of illnesses known to be substantial risk factors for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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It was the 3rd-in-a-row American jury verdict against the Bayer in litigation over the chemical, which Bayer acquired for $63 billion in its Monsanto purchase last year. Both of the other jury verdicts came in California, one in state court and one in federal court.

"The contrast between today's verdict and (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's) conclusion that there are 'no risks to public health from the current registered uses of glyphosate' could not be more stark," Bayer said, and that decades of studies by the company and independent scientists have shown glyphosate and Roundup to be safe for human use.

The prior two jury verdicts against Bayer in U.S. Roundup trials triggered steep declines in Bayer shares. Shareholders have rebuked the company's top management over its handling of the Monsanto acquisition and the litigation it inherited, which has wiped around $33.55 billion from Bayer's market value since the first jury verdict.

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In a statement, Bayer said no case has yet gone through the appellate process. The company added that the verdict "could not be more stark" when compared with the EPA's assessment that glyphosate is safe.

"The company will continue to evaluate and refine its legal strategies as it moves through the next phase of this litigation, which will be marked by a greater focus on post-trial motions and appellate review and trials scheduled in different venues," Bayer said.

 

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Bayer is getting its posterior kicked~~~~couldn't happen to a more deserving company, eh?



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This illustrates the absurdity of allowing a jury trial to test a chemical's safety. It's ludicrous to think a jury of people lacking the expertise necessary to examine such issues can render a meaningful verdict in such a case. It will be even more astonishing if these anti-glyphosate verdicts aren't overturned.


I've long felt that Monsanto engaged in some questionable practices regarding its patents, but Roundup itself doesn't deserve condemnation. There's no pesticidal spray, whether organic or synthetic, that is safe to inhale, and protection is always advised on product labels. Roundup is the most effective poison ivy killer I've found for my yard, and it's easy to avoid direct contact when applying it.

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You have missed the point entirely. You just don't like these juries' decision, so you impugn those "stupid jurors"; you want to disavow their power to render any decision because they just aren't "expert enough." But, you weren't on the Jury, were you? They were selected on the basis of being open minded.


However, in the real world, 3 separate juries heard the evidence put forth carefully, and then torn apart by defense lawyers; they were there to render a verdict of their peers, not a verdict of the experts. It was a fair fight, but Monsanto/Bayer lost, and lost big time, and now that these precedents have been set, will continue to lose until they are gone from the planet!


The true experts in Sacramento on the California Carcinogen Identification Commission,( not the paid corporate stooges) also heard evidence for a year, and they rendered their decision that Roundup's carcinogenicity was clear and therefore required a mandatory warning label; Monsanto took that to a sympathetic Federal Judge who didn't deny the carcinogenicity, but gave them a temporary injunction to disallow the label, on the grounds that it would cost the company too much money, that the poor things would suffer financially so much....


This video shows the victims at the trial's beginning, plus a statement by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. I rather doubt that it will convince you of anything, however, but I present it with my above response for more objective readers.



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I didn't call the jurors stupid, just not able to be effective judges of the issues in this case (and similar cases). Why aren't the evaluations of health agencies worthy? Their role is to prevent dangerous drugs and chemicals from being improperly used. As for the California commission, it sounds like the UN's IARC, which identifies possible carcinogens, many (or most) of which are not listed as dangerous by the WHO. The distinction between hazard and risk is important and often misunderstood.

Activist contingency lawyers are a blight on the justice system, but we seem stuck with them. It doesn't make judgments like this one fair or reasonable. As RFK Jr. says, Roundup has been used for decades. If it posed a significant health risk to farmers, do you think they would just keep using it silently?

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"This illustrates the absurdity of allowing a jury trial to test a chemical's safety. It's ludicrous to think a jury of people lacking the expertise necessary to examine such issues can render a meaningful verdict in such a case."



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