Published: Wed, March 20, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

USA jury finds Roundup caused man's cancer

USA jury finds Roundup caused man's cancer

DeWayne Johnson had earlier been awarded $289 million in his case.

Many government regulators have rejected a link between cancer and glyphosate.

Bayer, the owner of Monsanto, which makes Roundup, said in a statement that it was disappointed with the jury's initial decision.

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.

The finding by the unanimous jury in San Francisco federal court on Tuesday clears the way for that same jury to determine if Bayer unit Monsanto is liable and must pay damages to California resident Edwin Hardeman in a second trial phase.

The Hardeman's case is considered a landmark trial for hundreds of other plaintiffs in the United States with similar claims, which means the verdict could affect future litigation and other cancer patients and families.

"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", the company said.

San Francisco - A jury in federal court in San Francisco has concluded that Roundup weed killer was a substantial factor in a California man's cancer. In August, another San Francisco jury determined Roundup had caused cancer in a former groundskeeper.

Hardeman's case will now go to the damages phase.

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"Both authorities reaffirmed that glyphosate is safe to use and presents no risk to users when used in accordance with label instructions", Nufarm said in its financial results report.

Some legal experts had said Chhabria's decision was beneficial to Bayer, which says decades of studies and regulatory evaluations have shown the weed killer to be safe for human use.

One of the experts called by Hardeman's team suggested that Roundup is even more risky than glyphosate on its own, because of additives in the weed killer.

The verdict is the second in the U.S.to find a connection between the herbicide's key ingredient, glyphosate, and the disease.

The herbicide came under increasing scrutiny after the France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization, classified it as a "probable human carcinogen" in 2015.

Hardeman's lawyers, Aimee Wagstaff and Jennifer Moore, said they look forward to presenting that evidence to the jury to hold Monsanto accountable.

It was reported in April past year that Bayer sold 3.6 per cent stake to Temasek for 3 billion euros at 96.77 euros per share.

The next Roundup trial is scheduled to begin in California state court in Oakland on March 28 next week, involving a couple who claim Roundup has caused their non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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