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Friday, December 3, 2021

$ 86 Million Award Received by Gulf Couple in Monsanto Pesticide Case

SAN FRANCISCO. On Wednesday, a California high court dismissed Monsanto Co. about $ 86.2 million in damages to a Livermore couple who developed cancer after spraying Roundup weed killer in their yards for three decades.

The State Supreme Court’s refusal to review confirms the appellate court’s decision in favor of Alva and Alberta Pilliod.

Both Pilliods developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma between 2011 and 2015 before they stopped using the product and later filed a lawsuit.

San Francisco’s first District Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 ruling in August, found Monsanto to be guilty of knowingly marketing a product whose active ingredient, glyphosate, could be dangerous.

Monsanto’s parent company, Bayer, said it disagreed with the Supreme Court’s ruling.

“We continue to strongly support Roundup’s safety, a position backed by expert assessments around the world and the overwhelming weight of four decades of extensive science,” the company said in a statement.

Brent Wisner, a lawyer for Pilliods, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the verdict is “based on sound science and unanimous law,” and the company should stop its “frivolous appeals.”

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The Alameda County jury initially awarded the pair $ 2 billion in penalties and $ 55 million in damages, but the judge reduced the total to $ 87 million.

Bayer announced in the summer that it will no longer sell the current home and garden version of Roundup in U.S. stores from 2023.

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