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San Francisco Jury Rules Plaintiff’s Cancer Caused by Roundup

A jury in California’s Northern District has determined that Monsanto’s controversial Roundup herbicide significantly contributed to a man’s development of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a deadly cancer that develops from white blood cells called lymphocytes.

March 19, 2019 – The jury of 5 women and 1 man reached a unanimous decision in favor of plaintiff Ed Hardeman after deliberating for a week, according to Law360. The verdict marks another costly setback for Bayer AG, which purchased Monsanto last August for about $63 billion, but whom had to have seen at least a portion of these woes coming, as the litigation was already in full swing at the time.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma after using or being exposed to Roundup weed killer, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.

What’s the problem?

During the trial, Hardeman testified that he used Roundup for more than a quarter century (1986-2012) on his 56-acre property in Santa Rosa, CA, to kill weeds and poison oak. During this process, Hardeman said mist from the herbicide fell onto his skin and face. He was diagnosed with stage 3 non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2015 at age 66, and has since been forced to undergo cancer treatment.

A series of medical professionals testified for both sides during the trial, presenting the jury with vastly different opinions regarding the link between Roundup and cancer.

During closing statements, Hardeman’s legal team argued that his exposure to Roundup had been extreme and that their side had shown “overwhelming evidence” from animal studies, mechanistic data and epidemiological data confirming the link between Roundup and cancer.

Monsanto contended on rebuttal that Harderman’s cancer studies were inadequate and unreliable, and that he has the most common form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma which makes it impossible to rule out chronic hepatitis C and hepatitis B as a contributing factor to his disease.

The jury ultimately sided with the prosecution, determining that it was more than 50% likely that Roundup “significantly contributed” to his cancer.

The case is: Hardeman v. Monsanto Co. et al., case number 3:16-cv-00525, and the MDL is In re: Roundup Products Liability Litigation, case number 3:16-md-02741, both in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

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The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Roundup lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cancer injury and death cases in all 50 states.

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