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Judge cuts award to Roundup victim

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

judge cuts award to roundup victim

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  • Bayer is facing roughly 13,400 pending lawsuits from plaintiffs alleging that Roundup herbicide caused their cancer
  • In the first three trials, four plaintiffs won billions in damages against Bayer, which inherited the legal battles after acquiring Monsanto in June 2018
  • Judges continue to slash the awarded damages, including in the case of Edwin Hardeman
  • Hardeman was awarded more than $80 million, including $75 million in punitive damages and $5.6 million in compensatory damages
  • U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria ruled that the $75 million in punitive damages awarded to Hardeman was “constitutionally impermissible” and slashed the amount to $20 million

Bayer is facing roughly 13,400 pending lawsuits from plaintiffs alleging that Roundup herbicide caused their cancer. In the first three trials, four plaintiffs won billions in damages against Bayer, which inherited the legal battles after acquiring Monsanto in June 2018. However, judges continue to slash the awarded damages, including in the case of Edwin Hardeman.

Hardeman used Roundup repeatedly to kill weeds on his 56-acre property and was later diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In the first phase of the trial, the jury concluded that Roundup exposure was a substantial factor in causing Hardeman's Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.


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