Federal jury’s decision in case of man who said he used the popular weedkiller for decades could affect hundreds of other affected plaintiffs
A federal jury in San Francisco determined that Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide was a substantial factor in causing the cancer of a California man, in a landmark case that could affect hundreds of other similar cases.
Santa Rosa man Edwin Hardeman, was the first person to challenge Monsanto’s Roundup in a federal trial and claimed that his exposure to Roundup caused him to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), a cancer that attacks the immune system.
The jury will weigh liability and damages, in the next phase of the case and Hardeman’s lawyers will present arguments about Monsanto’s control on government regulators and cancer research.
During the trial, the 70-year-old Edwin Hardeman testified that he had used the herbicide for nearly three decades and on one occasion it got on his skin before he was diagnosed with cancer. He said he used the herbicide to control weeds and poison oak on his properties, starting in 1986.
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