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Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, has been linked to an increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.


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

05/13/2019

(Reuters) - A California jury on Monday awarded more than $2 billion to a couple who claimed Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer caused their cancer, in the largest U.S. jury verdict to date against the company in litigation over the chemical.

The large punitive damages award is likely to be reduced due to U.S. Supreme Court rulings that limit the ratio of punitive to compensatory damages to 9:1. The jury awarded a total of $2 billion in punitive damages and $55 million in compensatory damages.

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NYC leaders join calls for ban on Monsanto herbicide

04/19/2019

Two New York City council members introduced legislation today that would ban city agencies from spraying glyphosate-based herbicides and other toxic pesticides in parks and other public spaces. The move is the latest in a groundswell of concern over pesticide use, particularly exposures to weed killing products developed by Monsanto, which is now a unit of Bayer AG. Cities, school districts and suppliers across the U.S. are increasingly halting use of the pesticides.

It is also a further sign that a growing number of people – consumers, educators, business leaders and others - are rejecting assurances from Monsanto and Bayer that glyphosate herbicides such as Roundup are safe for widespread use.

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Cancer Victims to Testify This Week in Roundup Trial

04/15/2019

The latest Roundup cancer trial enters its fourth week today as lawyers for the married couple of Alva and Alberta Pilliod continue to lay out evidence they say shows the husband and wife both developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma because of their extended use of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.

One or both of them are expected to take the stand by Thursday to tell jurors their personal accounts of the toll cancer has taken on their lives. The two used Monsanto’s herbicides for many years, spraying an estimated 1,512 days in total on four different properties. Their testimony will follow video-taped testimony the plaintiffs’ attorneys are presenting of additional witnesses this week.

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Roundup Cancer Trial: Emails Show Monsanto Cozy With Feds

04/15/2019

OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) – As the trial over the world’s most widely used herbicide and its connection to a California couple’s cancer stretches into its third week, their attorney showed the jury more unsealed records showing a cozy relationship between the agrochemical company and U.S. regulators.

Attorney Brent Wisner, representing plaintiffs Alva and Alberta Pilliod, played video testimony of Monsanto corporate spokesman William Reeves in court Monday, in which he acknowledged Monsanto executives had exchanged text messages with regulators who sat on a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency committee that found glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, is not carcinogenic for humans.

The Pilliods’ legal team hopes these email and text exchanges will be enough evidence of collusion between Monsanto and the EPA to delay a review by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a public health agency connected to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Roundup judge orders Bayer to mediation, cancels trial

04/12/2019

Bayer AG has publicly said it has no intention of settling thousands of U.S. lawsuits claiming its Roundup weed killer causes cancer, even amid two consecutive trial losses. It’s now being forced to try.

More than 11,200 people have sued Bayer over Roundup in U.S. state and federal courts. The judge in San Francisco handling the federal suits ordered Bayer and lawyers representing plaintiffs in the litigation to participate in confidential mediation as he canceled a trial scheduled for May 20 that would have followed an $80 million verdict against Bayer last month.

“The parties should propose a mediator,” U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria wrote in an order Thursday. “If they cannot agree, the court will appoint someone.”

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What you need to know about a popular weed killer’s alleged link to cancer

04/08/2019

Clumps of dandelions have popped up in your yard, so you reach for a bottle of Roundup, the popular weed killer. It is known for being very effective, but its main ingredient, glyphosate, is getting a lot of attention because of lawsuits alleging links to cancer.

Last week, a federal jury ordered Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, to pay $80 million to a 70-year-old man with cancer who had used it for three decades on his 56 acres in Sonoma County, Calif. The jury found that Roundup was a “substantial factor” in his illness.

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Roundup, the World’s Best-Selling Weedkiller, Faces a Legal Reckoning

04/08/2019

For years, scientists at Monsanto Co. worked closely with outside researchers on studies that concluded its Roundup weedkiller was safe.

That collaboration is now one of the biggest liabilities for the world’s most widely used herbicide and its new owner, Bayer AG, which faces mounting lawsuits alleging a cancer link to Roundup.

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What the Science Says About Monsanto's Beleaguered Weedkiller 'Roundup'

04/08/2019

When it comes to allegations that the weedkiller Roundup causes cancer, the law is making up its mind faster than science.

Hundreds of lawsuits have been brought in state and federal courts against the product's manufacturer, Monsanto, and its parent company, Bayer, which last year bought the agrochemical giant for around $63 billion. The suits claim that Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, contributes to or causes cancer in people.

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Bayer and Monsanto Defend Themselves With Science They Funded

04/05/2019

Janine Jackson: The case is called Edwin Hardeman v. Monsanto, which sounds something like David v. Goliath. Hardeman is a 70-year-old man who says using Roundup, Monsanto’s weed killer, for nearly 30 years caused his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

And Monsanto is, well, Monsanto. Recently acquired by German drug and crop chemicals company Bayer for some $66 billion, the corporate behemoth commands more than a quarter of the combined world market for seeds and pesticides, with a famously active PR machine.

And yet Goliath lost.

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Lawsuits raise new concerns about Roundup

AJC Investigates: Roundup Weed Killer | April 03, 2019

Just as garden stores have begun overflowing with pallets of flowers, tomato plants and stacks of tangy-smelling, bagged mulch, some retailers are removing the herbicide from the shelves. Others continue to carry it. Georgians’ attitudes reflect those of retailers: Some are nonplussed by the news, while others are looking for alternatives./p>
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Second jury determines that Roundup caused man’s cancer, paves the way for Chesterfield case

04/03/2019

RICHMOND, Va. -- This time watching from afar, Richmond attorney Timothy Litzenburg said news that a second jury came to the conclusion that the popular weed killer Roundup caused a man's cancer bolsters thousands of similar cases. "The more that I find out, and the more we see juries reacting to this information, I think this is a case where the plaintiffs are going to win the vast majority of the time, so we're going to go to trial as often as possible," Litzenburg said.

"Do you think people should be using this product?" CBS 6 reporter Melissa Hipolit asked Litzenburg. "Oh absolutely not," he replied.

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Monsanto: $80M Verdict In Roundup Case Won’t Affect Other Suits

04/02/2019

When a federal jury in California slapped Monsanto Co. with an $80 million verdict last week after finding the company’s weed killer Roundup caused a California man’s cancer, the verdict was meant by U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria to be an informal bellwether: guidance for both sides on whether to settle hundreds of similar cases pending in his court.

But Brian Mackintosh, a Honolulu attorney representing plaintiffs in similar cases, doesn’t see much hope that Monsanto will settle other cases anytime soon. And with good reason.

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Sonoma officials ban Roundup

04/02/2019

Glyphosate, you’ve sprayed your last City of Sonoma leaf. That’s because the Sonoma City Council on April 1 voted unanimously to ban the use on city property of the synthetic herbicide glyphosate – a main ingredient in such weed-killing products as Roundup – that is becoming increasing associated with suspected links to cancer.

The Council in December 2018 had already moved toward stricter limits on the herbicide, agreeing then to only consider its use as a “last resort” and directed city staff to return in 2019 with details on how much City of Sonoma maintenance crews spray so city officials could further mull an outright ban.

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Popular weed killer's alleged link to cancer stirs widespread concern

04/01/2019

Clumps of dandelions have popped up in your yard, so you reach for a bottle of Roundup, the popular weed killer. It is known for being very effective, but its main ingredient, glyphosate, is getting a lot of attention because of lawsuits alleging links to cancer.

Last week, a federal jury ordered Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, to pay $80 million to a 70-year-old man with cancer who had used it for three decades on his 56 acres in Sonoma County, Calif. The jury found that Roundup was a “substantial factor” in his illness.

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Jury Awards $80 Million In Damages In Roundup Weed Killer Cancer Trial

03/27/2019

A jury in San Francisco has awarded a California man $80 million in damages after he claimed that the weedkiller Roundup caused his cancer.

The same six-person panel earlier this month sided with 70-year-old Edwin Hardeman, whose lawyers argued that the glyphosate-based herbicide was a "substantial factor" in causing non-Hodgkins lymphoma in Hardeman.

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Jurors say Roundup contributed to a 2nd man's cancer. Now thousands more cases against Monsanto await

03/20/2019

(CNN) - A federal jury has decided against agrochemical giant Monsanto, saying its popular weedkiller Roundup was a substantial factor in causing a California man's cancer. It's the second time in eight months that a jury has reached that verdict. But Edwin Hardeman's case against Monsanto is the first to be tried in federal court. And thousands of similar cases are still pending at the federal or state level.

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Monsanto Weedkiller Roundup Was ‘Substantial Factor’ in Causing Man’s Cancer, Jury Says

03/19/2019

A federal jury found Tuesday that Monsanto’s popular weedkiller Roundup was a “substantial factor” in causing a California man’s cancer, dealing a significant blow to the company as it aggressively defends its products against thousands of similar claims.

The six-member jury delivered the unanimous verdict in the United States District Court in San Francisco, months after a groundskeeper who said Roundup caused his cancer was awarded about $80 million in a separate case in California.

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Bayer lawsuit: Here’s how plaintiffs in next Roundup trial will try to show glyphosate causes cancer

03/18/2019

A late March start date is scheduled for a California state court trial of plaintiffs, Alva and Alberta Pilliod, against Monsanto/Bayer claiming nearly 26 years of Roundup use on four properties caused each to incur different sub-types of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL).

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U.S. trial tests claims Roundup weed killer caused cancer

02/24/2019

(Reuters) - Bayer AG on Monday faced a second U.S. jury over allegations that its popular glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes cancer, six months after the company’s share price was rocked by a $289 million verdict in California state court.

The lawsuit by California resident Edwin Hardeman against the company began on Monday morning in federal rather than state court. The trial is also a test case for a larger litigation. More than 760 of the 9,300 Roundup cases nationwide are consolidated in the federal court in San Francisco that is hearing Hardeman’s case.

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Bayer now faces 11,200 lawsuits over Roundup cancer risk

02/27/2019

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As of Wednesday, the company was facing lawsuits Opens a New Window. from more than 11,200 people over its controversial weed killer Roundup that has been linked to causing cancer in some individuals.

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High-stakes trial starts in Roundup weed killer cancer claim

02/25/2019

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury in federal court in San Francisco will decide whether Roundup weed killer caused a California man’s cancer in a trial starting Monday that plaintiffs’ attorneys say could help determine the fate of hundreds of similar lawsuits. Edwin Hardeman, 70, is the second plaintiff to go to trial of thousands around the country who claim agribusiness giant Monsanto’s weed killer causes cancer.

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Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer boosts cancer risk? New analysis challenges scientific consensus on glyphosate

02/15/2019

Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have published a new scientific analysis of glyphosate (PDF), the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, the world’s most popular weedkiller. They concluded that evidence supports a “compelling link” between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), a type of blood cancer.

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In Roundup Case, the Science Will Go on Trial First

02/15/2019

In a San Francisco courtroom this month, a jury will be asked to weigh a complicated question: Did Roundup weedkiller cause a man’s cancer?

The jurors will assess the credibility of competing studies that delve into cell mutations, cancer epidemiology and genotoxicity. They’ll hear evidence purporting to show why California resident Edwin Hardeman’s exposure to Roundup was dangerous, and other analyses arguing it was perfectly safe.

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Glyphosate weed killers increase cancer risk by 41%, study says

02/14/2019

Glyphosate, an herbicide that remains the world's most ubiquitous weed killer, raises the cancer risk of those exposed to it by 41%, a new analysis says.

Researchers from the University of Washington evaluated existing studies into the chemical -- found in weed killers including Monsanto's popular Roundup -- and concluded that it significantly increases the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), a cancer of the immune system.

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Monsanto Roundup Attacks Healthy Gut Bacteria, Lawsuit Says

02/13/2019

Monsanto Co. has been sued by thousands of farmers and others who blame their cancers on its massively popular Roundup weedkiller. Now Germany’s Bayer AG, which bought the agriculture giant last year, faces a claim that it deceived home gardeners about Roundup’s impact on their gut bacteria and their health.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in federal court in Kansas City, Missouri, claims that labels on products such as Roundup’s Weed & Grass Killer falsely assured consumers that they target an enzyme not found “in people or pets.”

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Roundup weed killer banned in Lodi near city playgrounds

02/11/2019

Effective immediately, Lodi is no longer using Roundup within 25 feet of the city’s 17 playgrounds. That’s an herbicide – or weed killer – containing a chemical called glyphosate, which is potentially toxic to humans.

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Lander man files lawsuit against Monsanto, claims Roundup weed killer caused his cancer

02/10/2019

A Lander man filed a federal lawsuit against agricultural chemical giant Monsanto on Friday, alleging the company’s Roundup weedkiller caused or contributed to his developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The suit, filed by Jackson attorney Jason Ochs, joins a recent wave of litigation against Monsanto alleging that Roundup causes cancer. In August, a jury in San Francisco found the weedkiller at least contributed to a former groundskeeper’s diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The case was reportedly the first involving Roundup to go to trial, and the jury awarded $289 million to the groundskeeper (that figure has since been reduced by a higher court. Monsanto is also appealing the verdict).

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French court bans sale of controversial weedkiller

01/24/2019

A French court has banned the sale of Roundup Pro 360 — a weedkiller that contains the controversial ingredient glyphosate — to professional gardeners and farmers. The ruling follows the ban enacted on 1 January in France on amateur gardeners buying herbicides that contain glyphosate.

The safety of glyphosate — a widely used herbicide — has been under mounting scrutiny since 2015, when a scientific body of the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded that it is “probably carcinogenic” to humans, although other studies disagree.

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Monsanto Has to Pay $289 Million in Damages in First Roundup Cancer Trial

08/11/2018

Monsanto Co. was socked with $289 million in damages in the first trial over claims that its Roundup weed killer causes cancer.

Dewayne Johnson, a former school groundskeeper whose doctors didn’t think he’d live long enough learn the verdict, prevailed Friday in San Francisco state court after jurors deliberated for three days. The trial was an important test of the evidence against Monsanto and will serve as a template for litigating thousands of other claims over the herbicide.

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A Weed Killer Is Increasingly Showing Up in People's Bodies

10/24/2017

The latest study to look at the long-term effects of Roundup, a popular weed killer developed by Monsanto in the 1970s, raises questions about the herbicide’s possible contributions to poor health in certain communities.

The study, published Tuesday in JAMA, tracked people over the age of 50 in southern California from 1993-1996 to 2014-2016, with researchers periodically collecting urine samples during that time.

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Monsanto Weed Killer Roundup Faces New Doubts on Safety in Unsealed Documents

03/14/2017
The reputation of Roundup, whose active ingredient is the world’s most widely used weed killer, took a hit on Tuesday when a federal court unsealed documents raising questions about its safety and the research practices of its manufacturer, the chemical giant Monsanto.

Roundup and similar products are used around the world on everything from row crops to home gardens. It is Monsanto’s flagship product, and industry-funded research has long found it to be relatively safe. A case in federal court in San Francisco has challenged that conclusion, building on the findings of an international panel that claimed Roundup’s main ingredient might cause cancer.

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Roundup Could Be Getting a Warning Label

06/26/2017

By SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Regulators in California took a pivotal step on Monday toward becoming the first state to require the popular weed killer Roundup to come with a label warning that it's known to cause cancer.

Officials announced that starting July 7 the weed killer's main ingredient, glyphosate, will appear on a list California keeps of potentially cancerous chemicals. A year later, the listing could come with warning labels on the product, officials said.

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Naperville Park District halts use of weed killer on playgrounds

06/15/2017

Naperville Park District has suspended the application of chemical weed killer on playgrounds in response to a petition questioning the district's weed control efforts in parks.

Executive Director Ray McGury said the park district acknowledged public health and safety supersede any other concern so the district agreed to stop applying Montanto's Roundup brand of the herbicide glyphosate in playground areas in order to experiment with and evaluate organic weed control products the rest of the summer.

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Why Researchers Are Concerned This Pesticide May Cause Cancer

03/28/2017

A group of environmental health researchers is calling for federal regulators to reassess the safety of the world's most commonly used herbicide following a series of news stories damaging to the chemical's manufacturer.

The researchers writing in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health argue that the chemical glyphosate, sold around the world as Roundup by Monsanto, should be subject to further safety review about whether it causes cancer. U.S. and European regulators have determined that it likely does not, while a United Nations body has found that it likely does.

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