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Bayer Ordered to Pay $2 Billion in Third Roundup Lawsuit

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Bayer must pay $2 billion in punitive and compensatory damages to Alva and Alberta Pilliod, who both developed Non-Hodgkin lymphoma after regular use of Roundup herbicide
  • The jury heard 17 days of testimony and deliberated for less than two days before deciding in the Pilliod’s favor
  • The guilty verdict against Bayer includes a $1 billion payout to Alberta, who developed Non-Hodgkin lymphoma brain cancer in 2015
  • Another $1 billion is owed to Alva, who also was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which has spread from his bones to his spine and pelvis, in 2011
  • A total of $55 million in damages was awarded for past and future medical bills and pain and suffering; Bayer shares dropped as much as 5% when the third verdict was announced

Bayer has come up zero for 3 in the first lawsuits alleging that Roundup herbicide caused cancer, with the latest verdict ordering the chemical giant to pay $2 billion to its victims.

The verdict came from the third case, heard before the Alameda County Superior Court of California, in which a married couple, Alva and Alberta Pilliod, claim they both developed Non-Hodgkin lymphoma after regular use of Roundup. The pair had been using Roundup since the 1970s, stopping only a few years ago.

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