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Maker of Roundup Weed Killer Hit With $2 Billion Verdict

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Monsanto, the manufacturer of popular weed killer Roundup has lost another case. Cancer patients across the country are suing Monsanto alleging that Roundup gave them cancer. Three cases have gone to trial and all three verdicts have been in favor of the plaintiffs.

A California jury awarded a couple $2.055 billion in damages in the couples case against Monsanto. The jury verdict is the largest personal injury case verdict of the year and the eighth largest in U.S. history. The jury awarded the couple $55 million in compensatory damages, but $2 billion in punitive damages to punish Monsanto.

Both plaintiffs in this recent California case alleged they used Roundup since the 1970s and it caused their cancer. The husband suffers from non-Hodgkins lymphoma in his bones, including his spine, while his wife was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma brain cancer.

As with the last two jury verdicts, Monsanto said it will appeal the verdict and stands by its product. Lawyers for the company argued that gluphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup is safe and does not cause cancer.

If you or someone you know has been injured as the result of a product, contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-396-3964 or toll free at 1‑800-594-4884.

 

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