Jury awards Livermore couple $2 billion in Roundup weedkiller case

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OAKLAND (KRON) — A Livermore couple has been awarded $2 billion after a jury decided today in their favor that Roundup weedkiller played a role in causing them both to develop cancer. 

The settlement for East Bay residents Alva and Albert Pilliod is the third such case resulting in a verdict against the company, which was previously owned by Monsanto. 

The Livermore couple claimed they used the weedkiller for more than 30 years to lanscape their home.

Both suffered from non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

In a statement, the new parent company of Roundup, Bayer, said it is disappointed with the jury’s decision and plans to appeal it. 

Roundup is a glyphosate-based herbicide, which the Environmental Protection Agency says presents no risks to customers’ public health, according to Bayer. 

In part, Bayer said:

We have great sympathy for Mr. and Mrs. Pilliod, but the evidence in this case was clear that both have long histories of illnesses known to be substantial risk factors for nonHodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), most NHL has no known cause, and there is not reliable scientific evidence to conclude that glyphosate-based herbicides were the “but for” cause of their illnesses as the jury was required to find in this case.

Back in March, a Sonoma County man was awarded $80 million in a similar case, where the 70-year-old plaintiff Edwin Hardeman claimed Roundup was a factor in causing his non-Hodgkins lymphoma. 

The weedkiller company was ordered to pay another plaintiff $289 million back in August, though that amount was later reduced. 

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