Judge set to reassess Monsanto cancer case
A US judge will reconsider a jury’s $80 million damage award to a California cancer victim who used Monsanto’s Roundup weed-killer. US District Judge Vince Chhabria said at a hearing last Tuesday that he would reduce but not entirely eliminate punitive damages for what he called the company’s “reprehensible” conduct, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The judge said evidence at the trial showed “Monsanto not really caring whether its products cause cancer,” after questions arose within the company about the product’s safety and a World Health Organization agency classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen in 2015. Monsanto attorney Brian Stekloff replied that the company’s actions were “consistent with the regulatory and scientific consensus”. In March, a jury found that glyphosate 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 property for more than 26 years. Jurors awarded him $200,000 for economic losses, $3 million for past pain, another $2 million for emotional distress in his future years, and $75 million in punitive damages.
CASE: US District Judge Vince Chhabria will take another look at a case against Monsanto’s Roundup weed-killer.