California Supreme Court Finds in Favor of Roundup Weedkiller Cancer Victims

Posted on Nov 18 2021 - 2:19pm by Sustainable Pulse

California’s highest court rejected on Wednesday a challenge by Monsanto Co. to $86.2 million in damages to a couple who developed cancer after spraying the company’s glyphosate-based Roundup weed-killer in their yards for three decades, Associated Press reported.

The state Supreme Court’s denial of review upholds an appeals court’s ruling in favor of Alva and Alberta Pilliod.

The First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco found in a 2-1 ruling in August that Monsanto was at fault for knowingly marketing a product whose active ingredient, glyphosate, could be dangerous.

Monsanto’s parent company, Bayer, said it disagreed with the high court’s decision.

“We continue to stand strongly behind the safety of Roundup, a position supported by assessments of expert regulators worldwide as well as the overwhelming weight of four decades of extensive science,” the company said in a statement.

Brent Wisner, a lawyer for the Pilliods, told the San Francisco Chronicle the verdict “was based on solid science and unanimous law” and the company should halt its “frivolous appeals.”

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Bayer announced over the summer that it would stop selling the current version of Roundup for home and garden use in U.S. stores, starting in 2023.

Bayer said it would replace the herbicide’s main ingredient, glyphosate, with an unspecified active ingredient, subject to federal and state approval, while continuing to sell Roundup with glyphosate for farm use.

Bayer has agreed to pay $10 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits that have already been filed in state and federal courts and has sought, unsuccessfully so far, to resolve future lawsuits with a settlement fund of up to $2 billion, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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  1. Michael Antoniou November 19, 2021 at 12:55 - Reply

    Bayer Monsanto state their position is “supported by assessments of expert regulators worldwide as well as the overwhelming weight of four decades of extensive science”. The extensive science they refer to is clearly highly selective and out of date. The evidence that glyphosate based weedkillers lead slowly but surely to cancer, directly and indirectly, including evidence from my own resrach group, is overwhelming! Michael Antoniou, molecular geneticist, London, UK

  2. Kay Jarmon November 21, 2021 at 09:22 - Reply

    My husband died of multiple myeloma after using Roundup for years.

    He couldn’t walk for 9 weeks last year after using Round up.

    He passed away January 26,2021 in our living room after being on hospice.

    We had 7 acres.

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