A federal jury judged that the famous weed killer was a significant component in causing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma to a California man. It found Monsanto, the manufacturer of the herbicide, liable for the fatal disease. The court ordered the company to compensate $80 million to the affected person. Edwin Hardeman, a 70-year-old-man resident of Santa Rosa, California, is suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It is a type of cancer which affects lymph nodes present in the body. Besides, the fatal disease primarily attacks the immune system of a person. Edwin used the popular herbicide to kill unwanted vegetation on his 56-acre property over the course of three decades. He told judges while spraying the weedkiller it regularly got on his skin. At the time Edwin was unaware with the fact and was diagnosed with cancer in 2015.
Mr. Edwin said the San Francisco jury awarded compensatory damages worth $5.27 million. Besides, the accuser gained exemplary damages of $75 million. In Edwin’s case against Monsanto, the ruling announced the second and final phase of the trial on Wednesday. Once again, jury members ruled on the side of Mr. Edwin. As per Jurors, Monsanto did not warn about the potential damages of using the glyphosate-based herbicide. The manufacturer of the famous weed killer was shocked during the hearing of the first phase of the case. At the time, the jurors said Roundup caused cancer to Mr. Edwin. Then the second phase concentrated on the legal obligation of the company and what damages if any should be provided.
Edwin’s lawyers claimed that the product did not include adequate warning of probable risks. They claimed careless behavior of Monsanto in not warning about hazards. Now Bayer, the company who purchased Monsanto, intends to appeal the decision. As per the statement of the company, it is not happy with the court’s judgment. Additionally, Bayer reveals that this decision does not affect the immense science. The findings of regulators worldwide who promote the safety of their glyphosate-based weedkiller as a non-carcinogenic product. Bayer also expressed a great for Mr. Edwin and his family. On the other hand, Edwin’s lawyers were happy with the juror’s judgment.