California judge orders expedited trial for couple alleging glyphosate caused their cancer

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A California judge on [November 15] granted an expedited trial in the case of a California couple suffering from cancer who sued Bayer AG’s Monsanto unit, alleging the company’s glyphosate-containing weed killer Roundup caused their disease.

The order by Superior Court Judge Ioana Petrou in Oakland, California, comes on the heels of a $289 million verdict in the first glyphosate trial in San Francisco, in which a jury found Monsanto liable for causing a school groundskeeper’s cancer. Damages were later reduced to $78 million, and Bayer, which denies the allegations, said it would appeal the decision.

The trial of California residents Alva and Alberta Pilliod is scheduled to begin on March 18, 2019, according to a court filing.

Related article:  Herbicide glyphosate now labeled 'carcinogenic' under CA's Prop 65—Law that some say 'only benefits lawyers'

The Pilliods, who are in their 70s, allege their regular use of Roundup between 1975 and 2011 caused them to develop non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system.

The couple filed their lawsuit in June 2017, after being diagnosed with the cancer in 2011 and 2015 respectively. Their lawyers earlier this year asked for an expedited trial, citing the couple’s risk of a relapse and their short life expectancy.

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