Judge to reassess $80 million award in Monsanto cancer case

A federal judge will reconsider a jury's $80 million damage award to a cancer victim who used Monsanto's Roundup weed-killer.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said at a hearing Tuesday that he will reduce but not entirely eliminate punitive damages for what he called the company's "reprehensible" conduct. He said the evidence at the trial showed "Monsanto not really caring whether its products cause cancer."

In March, a jury found that glyphosate, an in Roundup, was a likely cause of 70-year-old Edwin Hardeman's diagnosis of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Hardeman was diagnosed with the cancer in 2015 after spraying the product on his California property for more than 26 years. Monsanto is appealing the verdict.

Thousands of similar lawsuits against Monsanto are pending in state and .

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Jul 04, 2019
This was as big a fraud as murdering 40 million people by banning DDT and letting malaria run rampant, all over bird eggs. There is NO PROOF Roundup caused any cancer. This all goes back to the ridiculousness where they banned certain sugar substitutes because feeding KILOGRAMS of it to rats "gave them cancer."

Jul 06, 2019
Glyphosate may have its problems, but causing cancers is likely not one of them as the evidence is inconclusive at best [ https://en.wikipe...yphosate ]. I

And it is of course very difficult to attribute individual cases to statistical health effects in populations.

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