The glyphosate-containing weed killer Roundup from US manufacturer Monsanto has contributed to the lymph node cancer of the plaintiff. That was decided by the jury of the responsible federal district court in San Francisco unanimously. She had to decide if glyphosate was a "major factor" in the illness of 70-year-old Edwin Hardeman, who used Roundup for 25 years.
For the company belonging to the German Bayer Group Monsanto, this means the second legal defeat within a year. In another trial in August also had a jury in San Francisco The Bayer subsidiary was ordered to pay damages to former school superintendent Dewayne Johnson. Bayer has appealed the Johnson judgment.
Johnson and Hardeman suffer from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphoid tissue. Both plaintiffs used Roundup for many years.
At the request of Bayer, the process was divided into two phases. The first phase was about whether Roundup actually caused Hardeman's illness. In the second phase, it will be discussed whether Monsanto fooled about risks and therefore can be held responsible for the cancer of the plaintiff.
For Bayer, this case is significant because it is a landmark "Bellwether Case". This means in US law a kind of case in a mass case. Several of these representative cases are scheduled. They should help the parties to the dispute to be able to better estimate the extent of damage and the amount of possible settlement payments. In total, hundreds of lawsuits by farmers, gardeners and consumers have been brought together by the competent US judge Vince Chhabria.