A federal jury in San Francisco has found out that a common assassin player played a significant role in causing a California man's cancer, and delivered another blow to agrochemical giant Monsanto as it fought a similar decision issued last year.
In a judge announced Tuesday, lawyers ruled in favor of edwin hardeman, a 70-year-old sonoma county man, finding that exposure to herbicide roundup was "a significant factor" in the development of his cancer.
The case will now proceed to a second phase where the jury will consider whether Monsanto, now Bayer, knew and concealed potential damage to their product and decide to award damage to Hardeman.
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In August 2018, a California state court jury was awarded to Dewayne Johnson, a forward-looking man who worked as a groundskeeper for a San Francisco Bay Area school district, nearly $ 290 million in compensation. The verdict was later reduced to $ 78.5 million and is in appeal.
Hardeman was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in February 2015 after using Roundup to kill poison oak and other invasive plants on its 56-hectare estate for more than two decades.
The lawsuit claims that Hardeman's long-term exposure to Roundup caused his cancer, and that Monsanto knew or should have known the risk and not given adequate warnings about the damage associated with the use of the product.
Jennifer Moore, a lawyer for the Sonoma County man said that Hardeman regularly used Roundup and sprayed about 6,000 liters of herbicide over 26 years.
"They had a big poison oak problem, and he had to be sprayed regularly to prevent the oak from taking over hiking trails from taking over the water system from wedging into its gutters," says Moore to BuzzFeed News last week. 19659002] Hardeman has since been diagnosed with six ro Examination of chemotherapy and now goes for regular scans to see if the cancer returns, Moore said.
"He's not out of the woods yet," she said.
Monsanto, acquired by the German pharmaceutical company last year, has continued to claim that the herbicide is safe.
The agrochemical company did not immediately respond to a BuzzFeed News comment request Tuesday.
The World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer Classified Glyphosate as Probably Carcinogenic to Humans, but a draft report from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has concluded that the herbicide Not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.
EPA's Inspector General examines reports that an agency worker interacted with Monsanto to conduct pre-research on glyphosate.
In a release issued earlier this month, District Court organized Vince Chhabria, who oversees the Hardeman case, questioned the company's investigation into the potential risks to the herbicide.
"Although evidence that Roundup causes cancer is quite unknown, there is strong evidence that a jury could conclude that Monsanto does not particularly care if the product's content actually gives people cancer, instead focuses on manipulating public opinion and undermine anyone who raises real and legitimate concerns about the problem, "wrote Chhabria.
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