Roundup found to be 'substantial factor' in causing USA man's cancer

by Ben Pena March 21, 2019, 0:59
Roundup found to be 'substantial factor' in causing USA man's cancer

"Following the state court decision past year, we saw a huge uptick in local ordinances that would regulate the use of Roundup on playgrounds, schoolyards and public parks", said PIRG's Kara Cook-Schultz, who leads a campaign to ban Roundup.

The unanimous decision in the US District Court in California found Roundup caused 70-year-old Edwin Hardeman to develop non-Hodgkin's lymphoma after he used it for almost 30 years to control weeds on his property.

"We are very pleased that the jury unanimously held that the Roundup caused the non-Hodgkin lymphoma", Hardeman's attorney Jennifer Moore said. On Wednesday, the jury will hear evidence to determine if the company is legally responsible for Hardeman's cancer and if so, how much Hardeman will receive in damages.

Bayer, which acquired Monsanto past year, said: "We are confident the evidence in phase two will show that Monsanto's conduct has been appropriate and the company should not be liable for Mr. Hardeman's cancer".

Regulatory authorities around the world consider glyphosate-based herbicides as safe when used as directed. Bayer now faces some 11,000 suits from cancer patients and their families, and its second loss paints a dire picture.

Monsanto, which has sold Roundup worldwide for more than 40 years, contends that scores of studies show the products are not unsafe if properly used.

Now the case before the federal district court in San Francisco will enter the second phase of the trial.

By 11:20 am in Frankfurt (1020 GMT), the shares were trading down 13.2 percent at 60.53 euros ($68.71), dragging down the DAX index of blue-chip German shares.

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"We are confident the evidence in phase two will show that Monsanto's conduct has been appropriate and the company should not be liable for Mr. Hardeman's cancer", Bayer added.

Michael Baum, an attorney who represented Johnson, told Buzzfeed that the jury's verdict in the Hardeman case is "a huge win for all Roundup-induced National Hockey League claimants and a devastating loss for Bayer/Monsanto".

That award was later reduced to $78m and is on appeal.

"We continue to believe firmly that the science confirms that glyphosate-based herbicides do not cause cancer", said an online statement from Bayer.

In August 2018 a court suspended licenses for products containing glyphosate, which is widely used in Latin America's agricultural powerhouse, but a higher court lifted the ban the following month.

The two U.S. cases have turned on a 2015 finding from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization, that Roundup is "probably carcinogenic". All three bellwether cases will be split into causation and liability phases.

In the trial's second phase, Hardeman's lawyers will be allowed to present evidence allegedly showing the company's efforts to improperly influence scientists, regulators and the public about the safety of Roundup. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a part of the World Health Organization, reported in 2015 that the chemical likely causes cancer. It's set to appear in six more trials in federal and state courts this year.

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