Judge set to re­assess Mon­santo can­cer case

The Western Star - - Rural Weekly -

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.

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CASE: US Dis­trict Judge Vince Ch­habria will take another look at a case against Mon­santo’s Roundup weed-killer.

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